Police lay charges related to abduction of Elnaz Hajtamiri

OPP say Elnaz has yet to be located

OPP say they’ve charged one person with several offences in connection to the January abduction and disappearance of Elnaz Hajtamiri.

The 37-year-old Elnaz – who also goes by the surname Tamiri – was abducted on January 12 from a residence in Wasaga Beach.

Police say following further investigation, a 35-year-old Brossard, Québec man has been charged with kidnapping (connected to the incident in Wasaga Beach).

Officers say he is also charged with attempted murder, and attempted kidnapping related to the attack on Elnaz in Richmond Hill in December of 2021.

The accused is expected to appear in Barrie court on Wednesday, July 13.

OPP say Elnaz has yet to be located.

Officers reported three suspects in the January abduction dressed in police gear, but not actual uniforms, in what is believed to be a white Lexus RX sport utility vehicle.

Three months ago today, the OPP along with Farsi and Arabic-speaking OPP members recapped the known investigative activities to that date, and released a video plea for help from Elnaz’s mother in Iran.

The next day, two individuals were criminally charged by York Regional Police for their involvement with a violent assault, and attempted abduction of Elnaz in Richmond Hill.

Elnaz 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. Elnaz 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.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit tips online at https://ontariocrimestoppers.ca/submit-a-tip/submit-a-tip.

OPP strongly urges the public to help share previously-released social media information and photos of Elnaz using the hashtag #BringElnazHome.

Feature image – file photo – Barrie 360