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 Farsi and Arabic-speaking communities to provide information that could help them find Elnaz Hajtamiri.
During a virtual media conference Tuesday, April 12, OPP detective inspector Martin Graham along with Farsi and Arabic-speaking OPP members recapped the known investigative activities to date and directed their appeals for any information to Iranian communities in the Greater Toronto Area and Montréal, encouraging the 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.
The 37-year-old Hajtamiri — who also goes by the surname Tamiri — was abducted three months ago in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. Earlier this year, during the evening of Jan. 12, 2022, three black males, dressed in police gear, but not actual uniforms, forced their way into a home on 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 abduction with an assault involving the same victim that occurred in Richmond Hill, Ontario on Dec. 20, 2021. OPP investigators believe the same individuals are either involved in Hajtamiri’s abduction, or can identify those who are responsible. Police revealed there has been no information to provide a motive or rationale for this crime and no ransom demand has been received to date.
Hajtamiri stands approximately 160 cm (5’3″) tall. She is of slim build and had shoulder-length black hair until it had been cut to a shorter length before she was abducted. She emigrated from Iran to Canada less than four years ago.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the dedicated tip line at 1-833-728-3415 or your local police service. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Members of the public are strongly urged to help share the information and photos of Elnaz Hajtamiri using the hashtag #BringElnazHome.
“The OPP and members of Hajtamiri’s family have had one goal since the abduction occurred; to find Elnaz and bring her home safely. We hope that anyone with any information will do the right thing. Come forward to police and help bring resolution to Elnaz’s family.” — detective inspector Martin Graham, major case manager, OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.
“We desperately need your help. If you have any information, please share with the police. I beg you, as a mother, to guide us and tell us anything you know. Please help us find Elnaz.” – Fariba Hajtamiri, Elnaz’s mother
-submitted by the OPP