Wasaga Beach kidnapping victim still missing 16 days later

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Elnaz Hajtamiri’s family have been pleading for her safe return since the 37-year-old was abducted from a Wasaga Beach home by three men posing as police more than two weeks ago.

“If you have any information about her abduction or any advice that may lead you to her whereabouts, please contact the OPP,” said a family member who asked not to be identified.

Her family said Hajtamiri lived in Wasaga Beach after reporting to police that she was assaulted in her parking lot in Richmond Hill just before Christmas.

According to the woman’s family, she was hit in the head with a frying pan and her vehicle was found to have tracking devices on it.

“The Ontario Provincial Police is aware of the incident in York Region and is working closely with York Regional Police to continue this line of investigation,” said OPP Constable ‘Ontario. Elizabeth Newton in a video posted on social media.

Hajtamiri’s family said she was hiding at Wasaga Beach with loved ones after the Richmond Hill attack when she was forcibly taken from the Trailwood Place home around 8 p.m. on January 12.

Investigators said three men in a white Lexus SUV were wearing police-issued gear and claimed to have a warrant for Hajtamiri’s arrest. After overpowering the owner, the suspects entered the house and grabbed Hajtamiri, dragging her barefoot through the snow into the SUV.

She has not been heard from since.

“The Ontario Provincial Police are using all available resources to locate the victim of the home invasion kidnapping that occurred in Wasaga Beach,” Newton said.

Her family said Hajtamiri lost her husband in 2017, adding that she was an entrepreneur, having recently started her own cake-making business.

Now, with the OPP, family members are asking for information to help get her home safely.

“We are extremely grateful for all of your support,” the family member said.

Police are urging anyone with information to call the dedicated tip line at 1-833-728-3415 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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