SEA GATE (AP)—Authorities are digging up the basement of the home of a Brooklyn couple in search of the body of a missing Russian-language translator, who disappeared two years ago.
NYPD detectives and FBI agents began searching the home on Surf Ave in Sea Gate Monday morning. The search groups were equipped with digging tools and a search warrant issued by a Brooklyn Court Federal judge.
Ukranian-born Irina Malezhik was last seen on Oct. 15, 2007. The couple, Dmitriy and Julia Yakovlev, were charged with stealing her identity in July. Police said the couple made about $37,000 in ATM withdrawals and credit card purchases in her name.
David Schaefer, the head of the FBI's Organized Crime Unit in New York told the New York Daily News, "The search is being conducted for the remains of Irma Malezhik."
Malezhik was last seen by security cameras as she walked out of her apartment building on Corbin Place in Manhattan Beach on Oct 15, 2007. Authorities believe her death involved foul play.
Checks which bore the forged signature of Malezhik were deposited in the Yakovlev's joint bank account on the day she disappeared.
Dmitry Yakovlev is being held without bail and his wife Julia was released on $500,000 bond.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (212) 384-5000. All calls will be kept confidential.