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Missing man found dead in Queens



January 8, 2006

An Armenian immigrant who brought his family to Queens in 1978 and worked in the diamond district until he was 80 years old was found dead in Little Neck Bay near the Bayside marina, police said Saturday.

Arman Sadaniantz, 82, who suffered from dementia, apparently wandered away from his family’s home Friday afternoon while no one was there, said his daughter Nadia Yeghiazarian, 43.

“He went into the back yard in the afternoon, but he goes there a lot,” she said. “I left to go pick up my kids and when I got back, he wasn’t here.”

Yeghiazarian called police around 3:30 p.m., concerned that she could not find her father, whom she had prevented from wandering off earlier in the day Friday.

Less than three hours later, police found Sadaniantz’s body in the water at the Bayside marina, where in his younger years he spent his free hours fishing, his daughter said. The city medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy.

“He would go before work and after work, whenever he could,” she said, surprised that her ailing father had managed to cross Crocheron Park by himself to get to the marina. “He loved it there. And that’s where he ended up.”

The Sadaniantz family left Armenia in 1978 and moved to Astoria. Sadaniantz, his wife, Juliet, and two daughters later moved to a four-story Victorian home on Corbett Road in Bayside, where the elderly couple continued to live with Yeghiazarian and her children. Sadaniantz’s elder daughter, Ani Glazer, moved to Florida and had plans to travel to New York today.

“He was such a hard-working man, always my best friend,” Yeghiazarian said. “I miss him so much already. It’s hard to believe he’s gone.”

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