Saturday, January 27, 2007

Arkadiy Tashman now missing 2 years, Staten Island, New York

Photo and information from the Charley Project:

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. Tashman'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
Medical Conditions: Tashman was apparently depressed at the time of
his disappearance and may have been suicidal.

Details of
Tashman 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, Tashman'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 Tashman for six days.
Tashman'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, Tashman'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
Tashman 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 Tashman
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.

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

You can also call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).
You can print a poster of Arkadiy here.

Arkadiy's sister Natalya has started a blog for him at She has not posted on there in quite a while, but the two posts that are on there are well worth reading.

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