I’ve been decompensating these last few days and not getting much done. Because of an accidental interruption in insurance coverage, I can’t get my medication prescriptions refilled and I haven’t had my meds since Friday.
My psych clinic got a week’s worth of medication for me and I can pick it up tomorrow. But I’m not doing very well right now. Hence lack of updates.
Plus there’s the whole Thanksgiving thing, and it’s going to be VERY hard this year on account of my brother Brendan’s death in February.
How my parents have not fallen completely to pieces I do not know. This is the second time they’ve lost a son in a horrific accident; my brother Brian died in the 1980s.
This week’s featured missing person is Timur Mardeyev, a 27-year-old man who disappeared from Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 29, 2011.
Mardeyev was born and raised in Kazakhstan, which is in central Asia, but it looks like he’s ethnically Russian; Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. Mardeyev was a recent immigrant; he moved to the U.S. the same year he disappeared and lived with relatives. He had a fiancee in Russia and they planned to settle in Tulsa after the marriage.
It looks like something terrible happened to him. From his GPS we know he didn’t drive his usual route. The GPS has the car visiting two casinos, and when it found abandoned in a parking lot:
Mardeyev’s keys were in the ignition and his GPS system and expensive sunglasses were inside the car, along with a bottle of Coke and an open bottle of whiskey. His Bible and some paperwork he was filling out for his visa were missing.
There was gravel in the front and back seats of the car, which is uncharacteristic of Mardeyev; he kept his vehicle very clean. The car’s money change compartment had been cleaned out and the radio was tuned to a rap station; Mardeyev listened only to CDs or a Russian-language station. In addition, the driver’s seat was pulled too far forward for a person of Mardeyev’s height.
Furthermore, although he was carrying a lot of cash, perhaps as much as $5,000, his family said he was frugal and not the kind of person who would have gone to a casino. The casino had no surveillance cameras (seems odd to me that they didn’t) so no one knows whether Mardeyev actually went there and left his car there.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month I’m featuring a Native American missing person for every day in the month of November. Today’s missing person is Dawn Michelle Nakedhead, a sixteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma on October 18, 1991. (I had her middle name misspelled as “Mechelle.” It’s corrected now.) I do not know her tribe.
Dawn has a very large family and lived with her aunt, Joyce Green, at the time of her disappearance. It’s pretty common for Native American children to live with extended family members. She was last seen using the phone at a convenience store. She was going to stay the night with a friend in nearby Muskogee, but I guess she never arrived at her friend’s house.
Mystery U did a piece on Dawn in September; it includes an age-progression they made. The circumstances of her disappearance are unclear. Sadly, her mother, Lorene, died in 2017 without ever learning what happened to her, and at least one of her brothers is also deceased.