SUNRISE (CBSMiami) — The investigation into the disappearance of a Sunrise woman appears to have taken a tragic turn.
And now for the first time her husband is speaking out exclusively to CBS4’s Peter D’Oench. He said his wife was “the love of his life” and denied having to do whatsoever with her disappearance.
Jeneen Catanzaro, 50, was last seen at her Sunrise home on November 28th.
Her husband, Joseph Traeger, said, “I last saw here on the morning of November 29th and she must have been on foot. She didn’t take a car. I have not heard from her since and I am devastated. She meant the world to me my wife. I have known her since I was 9 years old, since I was 10 years old. We have known each other 40 years.”
“So please come forward if you know anything,” said Traeger. “Let’s find her. She has never ever disappeared before like this. She is going to be back. I will keep my fingers crossed. She will be back.”
On Wednesday, Sunrise police said detectives from their Criminal Investigations Section had reason to believe that Catanzaro was dead and had “begun a death investigation into the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.”
It was Catanzaro’s mother, Joanne Roma, who alerted the police to her daughter’s disappearance.
Roma told them that Catanzaro suffers from anorexia and bipolar disorder and is on medication.
Police contacted Catanzaro’s father who said he last spoke to his daughter on the phone on November 28th when they discussed him buying her a new car.
Catanzaro’s husband, Joseph Traeger, told investigators that they had been having marital problems because of his drug use and their financial problems, according to an incident report. He said he last saw his wife on the morning of November 29th. He said he left the house and when he came back she was gone. He said he hadn’t seen or heard from her since.
Traeger told D’Oench, “Look we were not having those types of problems. We were having financial problems. All marriages go through this with problems. I am desperate to get her back and that would mean the world to me. She means everything to me. I am torn up about this. I have not slept in 3 weeks.”
The morning she disappeared Traeger said they had talked about holding a garage sale that weekend.
“I have to ask this. I have to ask you,” said D’Oench. “Did you have anything to do with this disappearance?”
“Absolutely not,” said Traeger. “Police have been here three times. CSI investigators went through the house and they [found] nothing to be suspect.”
As for Catanzaro’s car being found at the Las Brisas residential townhouse complex, Traeger said he parked it there to hide it because it was about to be repossessed because they couldn’t make the payments.
Since she didn’t have a car, Traeger said she may have walked away or gotten a ride with her friend, John Grow, who was supposed to help with the garage sale.
Police questioned Grow who said he hadn’t heard from her in days. Grow told investigators he never made it to her house to help with the garage sale because he had to work
Investigators said multiple attempts to contact Catanzaro by cell phone were met with no response. It rang several times and then went to voice mail.
Anyone with information which could help them in their investigation is urged to contact the police department at (954) 764-4357 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.