Abduction probe aims to obtain crucial public information

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Elnaz Hajtamiri’s disappearance linked to suspects in 2021 assault

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the victim’s mother are making an extraordinary appeal to the Farsi and Arabic speaking communities to provide information that may help them locate Elnaz Hajtamiri.

During a virtual press conference on Tuesday, April 12, OPP Detective Inspector Martin Graham, along with Farsi- and Arabic-speaking OPP members, summarized known investigative activities to date and directed their appeals for any information to Iranian communities in the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal, encouraging information to be shared widely in those communities. The OPP also released a video statement from Hajtamiri’s mother, Fariba Hajtamiri, who lives in Iran.

Hajtamiri, 37 – who also goes by the surname Tamiri – was abducted three months ago in Wasaga Beach, Ont. Earlier this year, on the evening of January 12, 2022, three black men, dressed in police gear but not actual uniforms, forced their way into a house in Trailwood Place. They fled with the victim in what is believed to be a white 2016-2022 model Lexus RX sport utility vehicle. Investigators have linked the kidnapping to an assault involving the same victim that occurred in Richmond Hill, Ontario on December 20, 2021. OPP investigators believe the same people are either involved in Hajtamiri’s abduction or can identify those responsible. The police revealed that there was no information to provide a motive or justification for this crime and no ransom demand has been received to date.

Hajtamiri is approximately 160cm (5’3″). She is of slim build and had shoulder length black hair until it was cut to a shorter length before her abduction. She emigrated from Iran to Canada less than four years ago.

Anyone with information is asked to call the dedicated inquiry line at 1-833-728-3415 or your local police department. Information may also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Members of the public are strongly encouraged to help share information and photos of Elnaz Hajtamiri using the hashtag #BringElnazHome.

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“The OPP and members of Hajtamiri’s family have had one focus since the abduction; to find Elnaz and bring her home safely. We hope that anyone with information will do the right thing. Report to the police and help solve the problem of Elnaz’s family. — Detective Inspector Martin Graham, Major Case Manager, Criminal Investigations Branch, Ontario Provincial Police.

“We desperately need your help. If you have any information, please share it with the police. Please, as a mother, guide us and tell us everything you know. Please , help us find Elnaz. – Fariba Hajtamiri, Elnaz’s mother

-submitted by the Ontario Provincial Police

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