Major city-wide search begins for missing Toronto PhD student

May 14 2018, 12:58 pm

York Regional Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a PhD student who has been missing for four days.

Zabia Afzal, 30, was last seen this past Thursday, May 10, around 9:40 am in the area of Highway 400 and Major Mackenzie Drive West.

Following Afzal’s disappearance, the Toronto Police have begun conducting ground and water searches and the York Regional Police helicopter Air2 has also been deployed.

Over the weekend, volunteers placed posters across the city and searched various public parks and spaces including Thorncliffe Park, Centre Island, Scarborough Bluffs, High Park and other areas of Toronto and North York.

Afzal is described as five-foot-four with shoulder-length, dark-brown hair. She was last seen wearing black pants, a black hoodie and a green floral shirt.

Afzal’s family and investigators are asking anyone with information on Afzal’s whereabouts to contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7441, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips

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