Yale is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Anton Sovetov, a university employee who was last seen by colleagues nearly two months ago.
Anyone with information is urged to call a newly established tip line at 866-888-8644. Eligibility for the reward will be determined based upon the information provided.
“Mr. Sovetov is a beloved member of Yale’s staff,” said Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins. “We are doing everything in our power to find him.”
Sovetov, 44, a graphic designer in the Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications, was last in touch with university colleagues on Friday, Feb. 4. He was seen the following day on a video camera leaving the Elm City Market on Chapel Street and walking toward his nearby apartment shortly before 6 p.m. Police were notified that he was missing on Feb. 9.
This case remains a priority and Yale officers have been assisted by the New Haven Police Department Investigative Services Unit, along with other state and local authorities.
Police entered Sovetov as a missing person in national law enforcement databases, the Connecticut Online Law Enforcement Communication Teleprocessing System, and the National Crime Information Center. This information is electronically communicated throughout the country. If a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency encounters Sovetov, and a check is conducted, the agency would be alerted that he is a missing person.
Sovetov is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has short brown hair and blue eyes and a mustache and beard. He is a 2016 graduate of the Yale School of Art and joined the university staff in 2017.
Higgins urged those affected by Sovetov’s disappearance to seek counseling support services available to the university community.