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Man Found Dead On Cutchogue Beach Was Missing Yale Employee: PD

Patch logo Patch 5/6/2022 Lisa Finn
Police are investigating how Anton Sovetov drowned, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said. © Yale Police Department Police are investigating how Anton Sovetov drowned, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said.

NORTH FORK, NY — A man found dead on a Cutchogue beach Saturday has been identified as a missing Yale University employee, police said.

According to Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley, Anton Sovetov was found on the beach by the Long Island Sound on April 30.

"At the time he was not identified," Flatley said. "We sent out a notification and description to all departments on Long Island and Connecticut and he was eventually identified by the New Haven Police Department, working with the Yale Police Department on his missing person case."

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office took possession of his body; police are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his drowning, Flatley said.

Sovetov had been missing since early February, according to Yale Chief of Police Ronnell Higgins.

Both the Yale and New Haven police departments are assisting Suffolk County police in the continuing investigation of Sovetov's disappearance.

"We will continue to do all we can in the face of this terrible tragedy," Higgins said.

Sovetov, 44, a graphic designer in the Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications, was last in touch with university colleagues on Friday, Feb. 4. A security camera recorded him leaving the Elm City Market on Chapel Street and walking toward his nearby apartment shortly before 6 p.m. on the following day. Police were notified that he was missing on Feb. 9.

Sovetov, originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, came to New Haven to study art at the Yale School of Art, He earned his Master's of Fine Art in 2016. According to his obituary, he was a video game and science fiction enthusiast, or "gamer," and produced a graphic design thesis called "Game is not over."

Sovetov joined the University's communication staff and over the course of five years, "shaped visual messaging" for Yale offices, initiatives, celebrations, and programs. Of note was his work on Yale's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

His Facebook photos appear to show he was well-traveled with images from the Mount Haystack Trail in Vermont, and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

Read Yale's full obituary for Sovetov here.

Anyone with information that could aid the investigation into Sovetov's death should contact Yale Police at 203-432-4400, Suffolk County police at 631-853-5555, New Haven Police at 203-946-6316, or send an anonymous text tip through the LiveSafe app.

(With reporting by Ellyn Santiago)

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