Monday, August 17, 2009

FBI Searches Brooklyn Home for Body

Authorities dug up the basement of a Brooklyn home in search of the body of a Russian-language translator who went missing two years ago. FBI spokeswoman Monica McLean said Monday that investigators excavated the basement after a tip led them to bring in a cadaver-finding dog and heavy equipment.

Agents did not find a body.

The home on Surf Avenue in Sea Gate, a gated community, belongs to a Russian couple who were arrested last month and accused of stealing the missing woman's identity.

Authorities say that Ukrainian-born Irina Malezhik was last seen on Oct. 15, 2007, when a security camera recorded her leaving her apartment building.

That day, authorities say the Russian couple cashed checks totaling nearly $6,500 from accounts belonging to Malezhik or that were made out to her.

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