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.