Man whose body was found in Bradford canal had ties to Toronto, appeared to live transient lifestyle: Police

Body was discovered in the canal on Friday, Apr. 15

South Simcoe Police say a man whose body was pulled from a canal in Bradford, in the area of Simcoe Road and Canal Road, has been identified as 37-year-old Mojtaba Shabani.

At a media briefing on Thursday, Insp. Sheryl Sutton said Shabani has ties to the Toronto area, though he appeared to live a transient lifestyle.

The body, according to Sutton, was discovered around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 15 by kayakers who “saw a suspicious object” and contacted police.

Days later following an autopsy, police revealed the man’s death was a homicide.

Investigators have not said how Shabani died.

Police are appealing to the public for any information relating to the victim, his next of kin information or his close associates.

Although Shabani is believed to be transient in nature, he may have had access to the following vehicles:

  • 2004 grey Honda Accord, licence plate number CHAW891
  • 2001 blue Honda Civic, licence plate number BVHR490
  • 2003 red Volkswagon, licence plate number CFPC027

Police are urging anyone with information relating to the investigation to contact Detective Constable Andrew Smith at andrew.smith@southsimcoepolice.ca (905) 775-3311 ext. 1043 or contact Detective Ben Irwin at ben.irwin@southsimcoepolice.ca (905) 775-3311 ext 1040, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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