The missing New York teacher whose remains were found in a storage facility set up her estranged husband with the woman now accused of helping him murder her.
Jeanine Cammarata, 37, disappeared last Saturday night, less than 48 hours after she told Michael Cammarata that she wanted a divorce.
Now Michael, 42, and his girlfriend Ayisha Egea, 41, have been charged with her murder.
Friends of Cammarata have revealed that the mother-of-three set up Michael with Egea because she thought he would leave her alone if he had a new relationship.
Jeanine Cammarata, a missing New York teacher whose remains were found last week, set up her estranged husband with the woman now accused of helping him murder her
Cammarata, 37, disappeared last Saturday night, less than 48 hours after she told Michael Cammarata she wanted a divorce. Pictured is Michael being taken into custody on Thursday
Both Michael, 42, and his girlfriend Ayisha Egea, 41, (pictured in court on Friday) have been charged with her murder
‘Jeanine actually set up Mike and Ayisha because she wanted Mike to be occupied and leave her alone,’ Jessica Pobega, Cammarata’s lifelong friend, told the
‘She actually introduced them in the hopes that Mike would stop stalking her.’
Cammarata and Michael had hired Egea as their babysitter two years ago while the teacher was working several jobs.
‘She told me that Ayisha was babysitting their kids and then she found out that they were having a relationship,’ said Jose Perez, Cammarata’s teaching colleague.
‘She was trying to get rid of Mike. She thought if he kept busy with [Egea], he wouldn’t be stalking her. But he continued stalking her.’
Cammarata moved into an empty apartment in Perez’s home, while Michael moved into Egea’s home with the two children he shared with Cammarata.
Egea is also charged with concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence. Michael is pictured, right, outside court Friday
Friends of Cammarata have now revealed that the mother-of-three set up Michael with Egea because she thought he would leave her alone if he had a new relationship
‘(Jeanine) was paying his rent (in Queens), her rent, and paying for three cars,’ Perez said. ‘The kids started calling Ayisha “Mommy”. Could you imagine?’
Perez said Cammarata, who was fighting for sole custody of the two children she shared with Michael, updated her will just weeks before her to death to make sure her three children would be taken care of.
‘She knew something was up,’ he said. ‘She wanted her sister to keep the kids and she wanted to make sure her kids got everything.’
Cammarata disappeared on March 30 after she met with Michael two days before their divorce hearing.
Her charred remains were found in a Staten Island storage facility on Thursday.
Michael was taken into police custody on Tuesday after he allegedly admitted to assaulting his wife on the night she went missing. Egea is said to have been in the Queens apartment when Cammarata was killed.
Both Michael and Egea appeared in court on Friday and have been charged with murder, concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence. They were held without bond.
Jessica Pobega, Cammarata’s lifelong friend, said the teacher had hoped introducing Michael to Egea would stop him from continuing to stalk her
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted Friday: ‘The investigation into the disappearance of Jeanine Cammarata is now officially a murder investigation.
‘Working closely with (the) Staten Island DA we have arrested Michael Cammarata & Ayisha Egea, both charged with (second-degree) murder.’
Investigators have allegedly obtained surveillance footage which shows Michael carrying a large plastic bin out of his apartment in the Queens on Saturday night.
He was later seen unloading the bin with the help of another person at a storage facility in Staten Island, where police recovered a woman’s body early Thursday.
A police spokesperson told
Sources say Egea told police about the storage unit, which was filled with air fresheners allegedly intended to hide the stench of the body.
Investigators have allegedly obtained surveillance footage which shows Michael carrying a large plastic bin out of his apartment in Queens shortly after Jeanine left on Saturday night
A lawyer representing Jeanine (left) said she had served her estranged husband Michael Cammarata (right) with divorce papers less than 48 hours before she vanished Saturday night
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted Friday: ‘The investigation into the disappearance of Jeanine Cammarata is now officially a murder investigation’
A city medical examiner vehicle is seen parked outside the storage facility
Investigators in white Tyvek suits were seen going in and out of a building at the facility
Cammarata was last seen at about 9pm Saturday when she dropped her boyfriend off at his house and said she was going to visit Michael and their three-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter.
Later that night she sent several alarming messages to friends.
Cammarata’s boyfriend reported her missing on Tuesday after she failed to show up for work at elementary school P.S. 29 in Castleton Corner or her side job at Dollar Tree.
And she had missed a child custody hearing on Monday.
By Tuesday afternoon, Michael was questioned by police about Jeanine’s disappearance and allegedly admitted to police that he had hit her in the face after they had sex on Saturday, according to
He was initially charged with stalking, harassment, and assault.
Cammarata was reported missing on Tuesday after she failed to show up for her job as an elementary school teacher at P.S. 29 in Staten Island. She was last seen at round 9pm Saturday when she dropped her boyfriend off at his house and said she was going to visit Michael and their children, who live with him
Cammarata and Michael are seen above with two of their children at their wedding
Those who knew Cammarata said she was terrified of her husband. They say she described his behavior toward her as abusive.
Perez claimed that Cammarata was ‘concerned about her safety’ because Michael would harass her and follow her in his car.
Perez said he last saw Cammarata two weeks ago, and that she was determined to win custody of her two children with Michael.
‘He wasn’t giving her her kids, she wasn’t able to see her kids,’ Perez said.
‘That’s when she said okay, I had enough. I’m gonna go get a lawyer, I’m gonna get divorced, and I’m gonna get custody of my kids. And now she’s gone.’
Cammarata also has an 11-year-old son from another marriage.
Cammarata was in the middle of a custody battle for her three children (above together) and missed a court hearing on Monday