Evelyn Sakash missing Emmy award set designer found mummified at her College Point, Queens home after cleaning crews descended to clean known hoarder’s home.
An Emmy award-winning production designer was found mummified in her Queens, NYC home under a massive pile of garbage she had hoarded away in her kitchen, almost half a year after the woman initially went missing.
Evelyn Sakash, 66, was found by a cleaning crew, Tuesday in her College Point home on the corner of 123rd Street and 14th Avenue.
Friends had taken to Facebook to confirm the news of her discovery and had shared that she had been missing since last September.
Sakash’s sister had recently come to New York to have a cleaning crew clean out the home, according to police. That is when the macabre discovery was made the nypost reported.
Her body was found face up on her back under debris in the kitchen at around 4.23pm, police said.
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Police are still investigating but they don’t suspect criminality in her death. A medical examiner is working to determine the cause of death.
A police missing person report said Sakash was last seen alive on Sept. 30, 2020.
In a post on a St. Agnes Academic High School reunion page announcing Sakash’s death, her classmates shared that police had launched a search for Sakash twice at her home with K9’s ‘but did not find her on those searches.’
Police did not indicate whether they had previously conducted searches at the home.
Friends posting about Sakash’s disappearance in November shared that her pets and car were left at the residence.
Family members launched a GoFundMe in December to help supplement the cost of the investigation into Sakash’s whereabouts, which they said was paid out of her sister’s – Ellen Brown – pockets.
Sakash was an established production designer and art director with more than 30 years experience in the television and film industry.
Her IMDB page include credits for Orange is the New Black and the Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon version of Taxi, along with other works.
She won a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design in 2003 and was nominated for another in 2004 for her work on Between the Lions.