Arkadiy Tashman

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Arkadiy, circa 2005;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 21 (circa 2008)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 26, 2005 from Staten Island, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 12, 1987
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0 - 6'2, 170 - 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Light brown/ash-blond hair, gray/blue eyes. Arkadiy's nickname is Ark. He is a Russian national who emigrated to the United States in 1996. He is fluent in Russian and English. He has scars on both arms and his right ear is pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light gray hooded sweatshirt or sweat jacket, blue jeans, black sneakers, a green baseball cap and a small hoop earring.
  • Medical Conditions: Arkadiy was apparently depressed at the time of his disappearance and may have been suicidal.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Arkadiy was last seen in Staten Island, New York on January 26, 2005. He had been visiting a friend and was last seen departing for home at 2:45 a.m. He never arrived and has never been heard from again. His cellular phone was left behind at home when he vanished.

    Later that morning, Arkadiy's parents found a message he had written and left beneath a television remote control in his bedroom. It read: "Sorry about this. No wake, no funeral." His parents notified police immediately, but for unknown reasons authorities did not begin an official search for Arkadiy for six days.

    Arkadiy's friends and family stated that they had not seen any indication that he was suicidal prior to his disappearance. He had broken up with his girlfriend shortly before his disappearance and was very upset about it, and she says he told her he had considered suicide before. Nonetheless, Arkadiy's loved ones do not believe he would have taken his own life. His parents stated that his disappearance was completely out of character and they do not know what could have caused him to leave; he had never even visited a friend's home before without parental permission.

    Arkadiy was a junior at Port Richmond High School at the time of his disappearance. He resided part time with his parents on Brabant Street in the Mariners Harbor neighborhood of Staten Island, and part time in Bensonhurst with his adult sister, who was vacationing out of the country at the time of his disappearance. He is an avid skateboarder and investigators have searched for him at skateboard parks in Brooklyn, Greenwich Village, Staten Island and the East Village of Manhattan in New York City.

    Some agencies classify Arkadiy as a runaway, but he is considered to be an endangered missing person due to his depression and the note he left. His disappearance remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York City Police Department
    212-473-2042

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    New York State Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse
    The Crime Library
    The Brooklyn Skyline Newspaper
    The Times Herald-Record
    New York Daily News
    SILive: Everything Staten Island

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 7, 2009; age-progression added.

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