HUNTER: Answers Sought in Wasaga Beach Abduction of Elnaz Tamiri

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On January 12, three armed men in police uniforms snatched her from the home of her relatives.

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Elnaz Tamiri is probably long gone from Wasaga Beach.

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Now his family has hired a New York advertising and public relations agency to publicize the story of the 37-year-old Iranian immigrant.

The missive published in the Beach Booster is filled with excerpts from the kidnapped woman’s life and background, her family’s concern and his love for her. No doubt they are sick with worry.

What the release does not do is offer any indication of why it was taken down. And when the “why” is revealed, there will be answers for his family and the public.

Why, for example, on January 12, did three gunmen dressed in police gear snatch him from his loved ones’ home on Trailwood Pl. in Wasaga Beach? So far, the cops aren’t saying what may have prompted the crime, except to add that Tamiri had no criminal record and none of her acquaintances have ties to organized crime.

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Having spent years covering rhyme, one truism I’ve found is that nothing ever gets done without a reason or some sort of motivation.

Typically, the cops will tell you that the window to survive a kidnapping is awfully narrow in most cases. And here we are two weeks later with a publicity stunt in the only place where Elnaz is definitely not.

We know that her captors claimed they were taking her under arrest and fled with Elnaz in a white SUV – presumably a Lexus RX. The Ontario Provincial Police said the trio were armed and dangerous.

White Lexus RX cops say it's kidnapping related.  DOCUMENT/OPP
White Lexus RX cops say it’s kidnapping related. DOCUMENT/OPP

Elnaz Tamiri was born in Iran and married Farnam Shapourifar a dozen years ago after earning a bachelor’s degree in international insurance. Farnam was a veterinarian who tragically passed away in 2017, leaving Elnaz a widow.

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Her family says she used her savings to build a school for young girls in an Iranian village in honor of her late husband.

In 2018, she decided to move to Canada and settled in the GTA, where she worked as an “import/export shipping administrator, volunteering with charities” and eventually achieved her status. of permanent resident.

More recently, the family said they started their cake-making business, which they say was a passion.

“Elnaz devotes a large part of his life to serving the needy and offering support to his community. She leads a quiet and decent life surrounded by her friends and family,” her mother pleaded in a statement.

“I never imagined that I would be pleading for the life of my beautiful daughter Elnaz. Elnaz is a very generous woman, always reaching out to the needy and being an honest and loyal friend.

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Elnaz Tamiri, 37, was abducted from a home in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.
Elnaz Tamiri, 37, was abducted from a home in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. Picture by handout /Ontario Provincial Police

She adds: “We beg whoever took her to be merciful to Elnaz, please do not harm her and return her to us. We are all in so much pain and agony even thinking where she might be right now. She can’t stand the cold, so give her blankets and protect her.

The family hopes Wasaga Beach residents can have video footage that can help cops get Elnaz home safely.

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Of course, the unanswered question remains: Why?

Elnaz, 37, is slim, 5-foot-3, and has shoulder-length black hair. The Ontario Provincial Police has set up a dedicated tip line at 1-833-728-3415 for the public to provide information. You can also call your local police or Crime Stoppers, or help share Tamiri’s information and photos online using the “BringElnazHome” hashtag.

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