Cold, Cold Case: Staten Island Teen Arkadiy Tashman Vanished 5 Years Ago. Do We Really Want to Know What Happened?
It's coming up on the fifth anniversary of Staten Island teen Arkadiy Tashman's disappearance on January 26, 2005, and the sad story is frozen in time — his picture still leads the NYPD's way-outdated web page of missing Staten Islanders.
The passage of years can of course change the expectations of survivors.
"Unfortunately or fortunately there has not been any development," his sister Natalya Voskresenskaya tells the Voice. "But at this point, almost five years later, I take no news as good news."
For a few years after Arkadiy, then 17, vanished (perhaps after an argument with a girlfriend), Voskresenskaya kept up a website, "Arkadiy Tashman — The Missing Story."
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He had left a cryptic note that could be interpreted as suicidal, but police apparently didn't fully buy it and eventually declared him officially missing.
From Voskresenskaya's July 19, 2006 post:
Making it worse: Prank phone calls after the family put up posters and spread the word on TV and in newspapers. As she put it on her site:
From April 23, 2008:
And from October 12, 2008:
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