A mother of two who lost her Flanders home in Hurricane Sandy was found murdered in her summer vacation home in upstate New York over the weekend—and authorities have charged her longtime boyfriend with the crime.
Authorities said Amy Bradstreet, 44, was stabbed multiple times at her lake house in Cazenovia sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. Thirty-one-year-old Stephen Schumejda, her boyfriend and father of their two children, ages 3 and 18 months, was arrested Monday by State Police and accused of her stabbing death.
The couple lived in Riverhead in the fall and winter. Their summer home was in Cazenovia, a small town that sits southeast of Syracuse.
Police said Mr. Schumejda fled with his children and went to his mother’s house in Margaretville, located about 100 miles away. He contacted police at around 8 a.m. Monday, though State Trooper Jack Keller said he did not know if Mr. Schumejda admitted to stabbing Ms. Bradstreet at the time.
Mr. Keller said officers arrested Mr. Schumejda at his mother’s house. Officers in Madison County then went to his Cazenovia home to search for Ms. Bradstreet, whose body was found inside. Mr. Keller said he does not know how many times she was stabbed, noting that an autopsy report should be completed by the end of the week.
He also said detectives are still investigating and have not yet determined a motive.
Mr. Schumejda was arraigned Monday in Cazenovia Village Court, and remanded to Madison County Jail without bail.
Both his and Ms. Bradstreet’s parents were scheduled to appear in Madison County Family Court on Tuesday to decide on the custody of the two children. The outcome of that hearing was not immediately known.
Mr. Schumejda used to sell fresh fruits and vegetables from a farm stand outside the Green Door in Hampton Bays. Ms. Bradstreet still owned her home in Flanders, but it was condemned after Hurricane Sandy. She and Mr. Schumejda lived in his Riverhead home when they were not upstate.
Her former neighbors in Flanders planned to hold a memorial service at Ms. Bradstreet’s old home on Sylvan Avenue on Wednesday evening.
“As a friend, she had an absolutely contagious smile,” said Meigan Rocco, a friend and former neighbor of Ms. Bradstreet. “She would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She was just an amazing person.”