Southern Regional Middle School Teacher Found Dead in Ohio River New Year’s Eve

Jan 09, 2019
Drew Camoosa

A memorial service was held Monday at the Beach Haven Moose Lodge in Manahawkin for Drew Camoosa, 48, of Little Egg Harbor, the Southern Regional Middle School teacher whose body was discovered floating in the Ohio River New Year’s Eve. Allegheny County, Pa. police are leading an investigation into the events that led up to his death.

Camoosa was reported missing to Little Egg Harbor police on Dec. 20. Dec. 30 he was taken into police custody in western Pennsylvania after being seen walking along railroad tracks. Believing he was a danger to himself, police involuntarily committed him to the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic for a 72-hour hold – but 14 hours after arriving at the facility, he was found in the river. CBS Pittsburgh has reported it as an apparent suicide.

Camoosa, who had been on medical leave since January 2018, was a member of the Southern Regional faculty for 22 years, according to a statement released by Superintendent Craig Henry. Camoosa taught social studies and special education.

His two children, Kaye-Leigh and Dewey, are students in the district. Camoosa’s former wife, Katie Herring, has shared many old photos of Camoosa on Facebook this week, along with loving remembrances of “happier times” and posts about the dangers of anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. “Drew fought for years,” she remarked.

“The Southern family is deeply saddened by Drew’s passing,” Henry said. “Our focus is now on supporting Drew’s wife and children during this most difficult of times. The Southern family extends appreciation for everyone’s respect for Drew’s family’s privacy.”  —V.F.

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