Missing NewYork pub­lic school teacher sent cryptic text to roommate af­ter dis­ap­pear­ing

The Buffalo News - - WEATHER - By Kerry Burke , Rocco Parascandola and Thomas Tracy

A hand­ful of texts were sent from the phone of a missing Staten Is­land mother in the hours af­ter she van­ished over the week­end, po­lice sources said Wed­nes­day.

One of the mes­sages sent from city school teacher Jea­nine Cam­marata’s phone to her roommate, sim­ply read, “I need a break,” po­lice sources said.

Cops are try­ing to as­cer­tain the mean­ing of the text -- and if Cam­marata, 37, sent the bizarre mis­sive to her wor­ried friend.

Cam­marata was last seen Satur­day at about 9 p.m. af­ter she dropped off her boyfriend near Denker Place and McVeigh Ave in New Springville.

She told her beau that her next stop was to meet up with her es­tranged hus­band to visit her three chil­dren, cops said.

Af­ter be­ing missing for more than 36 hours, her roommate, Jes­sica Pobega, re­ceived a few texts from Cam­marata’s cell­phone, one of which read “I need a break,” sources said.

When Pobega said that she was go­ing to call the po­lice, who­ever was on Cam­marata’s phone wrote. “I don’t want that.”

“I apol­o­gize. I have to do this for the chil­dren,” a fol­low up text read.

Pobega said she doesn’t believe Cam­marata wrote the texts.

“If any­one has heard from her (con­firmed that you saw or ac­tu­ally HEARD her voice in the last 48 hours) please contact me, or please call the 120th Precinct,” Pobega wrote on Face­book Tues­day.

“She’s never once NOT called into school. She’d never risk her job at the board of Ed in NYC. She’d never NOT check in with me or her sis­ter Chris­tine. She didn’t call her mother for her bday, which was yes­ter­day.”

“There are a lot of peo­ple very wor­ried,” Pobega wrote.

Po­lice said Cam­marata did not show up to work as a sub­sti­tute teacher on Mon­day or Tues­day at PS 29 in Castle­ton Cor­ners. She also missed her shift at her sec­ond job at a nearby Dol­lar Tree store, sources said.

Cam­marata was re­ported missing on Tues­day. De­tec­tives have ques­tioned her ex­hus­band, her boyfriend and a co-worker at the Dol­lar Tree.

While the texts ap­pear to be from a dis­traught woman, Cam­marata has no doc­u­mented history of men­tal ill­ness, said po­lice sources.

Cam­marata’s car, a 2017 white Chevy Cruze with NY plate HSK8417 hasn’t been found, cops said.

“If you see her or the car, call 911,” NYPD Chief of De­tec­tives Der­mot Shea said in a tweet Wed­nes­day.

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