After turning up nothing incriminating in, on and under a Sea Gate home owned by a pair of alleged grifters, investigators haven’t ruled out Dmitriy and Julia Yakovlev in the disappearance of Irina Malezhik.
In fact, the FBI is trying to link them to another disappearance %u2013 the man who owned the Manhattan Avenue property before they did.
The Yakovlevs are also being considered people of interest in the disappearance of a New Jersey man they had dealings with before he vanished, the New York Post reported last week.
FBI investigators converged on the gated community back on August 17 to see if Malezhik, who has been missing since 2007, had been buried on her property.
Malezhik was last seen leaving her apartment building in Brighton Beach.
A short time after her disappearance, the Yakovlevs allegedly cashed over $6,500 in checks from the missing woman’s account, officials said.
The couple was ultimately arrested last month, charged with stealing the woman’s identity.
But while the Yakovlevs’ attorney said that the FBI search turned up nothing, law enforcement sources said that investigators are trying to determine if the couple had anything to do with the strange disappearance of Michael Klein, a retired NYPD mechanic who hasn’t been seen or heard from since he had sold his home to the couple three years ago.
The couple is also linked to another missing person’s case in the Garden State.
Officials said that a New Jersey man, who they declined to name, reportedly had ties to the Yakovlevs.
Officials said that Dmitriy Yakovlev was still in jail on grand larceny charges. His wife had made bail, officials said.
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