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December 13, 2018

Police eye possible suicide in death of woman whose charred remains were found in Staten Island woods

November 29, 2018
The body of Yelena Rabkina was found in a wooded Staten Island park Sunday afternoon. (Facebook)

The woman whose charred remains were found in a wooded Staten Island park likely doused herself with gasoline and set herself ablaze, police sources said.

Detectives have evidence that Yelena Rabkina, 30, bought the gasoline used in the fire, sources told the Daily News Wednesday.




A group of children found the body Sunday afternoon in Long Pond Park, at Bartow Ave. and Eugene St. in Richmond Valley.

NYPD Assistant Chief Patrick Conry said Wednesday though detectives are awaiting final results of an autopsy, “thus far we have uncovered no information that points to a crime having occurred.”

The statement came before the medical examiner’s final ruling because detectives don’t want Staten Islanders to fear a killer is on the loose, sources said.

Rabkina left her Arrochar home Nov. 18, and her family reported her missing the following day after friends and relatives couldn’t reach her on her cell phone.

She struggled with bipolar disorder, police sources said.

“We are piecing together essentially a seven-day period,” Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters Tuesday. Police found a piece of a plastic gas can near her body, Shea said.

Rabkina graduated Hunter College in January 2015 with a degree in anthropology, and was looking for a job in that field, a friend had told The News.

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