The body of a Yale University employee who disappeared three months ago was found on the Long Island shoreline, the Ivy League school announced Wednesday.
Anton Sovetov, 44, was found dead on Saturday on the New York side of the Long Island Sound shore, where Yale is located in New Haven, Conn., the school said in a statement.
The cause of death is being investigated. Yale officials did not specify where Sovetov’s body was found, except that it was in Suffolk County, where police are leading the investigation.
“We mourn the loss of Anton,” Vice President of Communications Nate Nickerson said in a statement.
“Anton was a wonderful, dedicated collaborator with unusual talent. His work was honored and added to Yale’s legacy of exceptional graphic design. We will miss him dearly.”
Petersburg-born Sovetov was a graphic designer who worked in the university printer’s office and designed a series of public health posters for campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an obituary posted by the school. The obituary says he earned his master’s degree in 2016 from the Yale School of Art.
He was last in contact with university officials on February 4 and was seen in surveillance footage a day later walking to his apartment in New Haven, the school said in a news release. Sovetov was reported missing on 9 February.
The New Haven Register reported that university police last month offered a $10,000 reward for information on his whereabouts.
The school said Suffolk police are working with Yale and New Haven law enforcement to continue investigating Sovetov’s disappearance.