Police are calling on the public to help find a missing woman who was abducted from a Wasaga Beach home three months ago.
Elnaz Hajtamiri, 37, who also goes by the surname Tamiri, has not been seen since the afternoon of 12 January.
Ontario Provincial Police say three black men, dressed in police clothing but not actual uniforms, forced their way into a home on Trailwood Place in Wasaga Beach and kidnapped Hajtamiri.
Hajtamiri was staying in that residence with relatives.
The suspects fled with Hajtamiri in what is believed to be a white 2016-2022 model year Lexus RX sport utility vehicle, police said.
Police have yet to locate the suspect vehicle or identify the owner of the vehicle.
Investigators linked the kidnapping to an assault on Hajtamiri that occurred on Richmond Hill less than a month earlier.
On December 20, 2021, Hajtamiri was attacked and beaten with a frying pan in an underground car park on King William Crescent, police said. She was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Two male suspects fled the scene in a vehicle that has been identified as stolen the night before in North York. Police recovered it within hours of the assault, but no arrests have been made.
Police believe the same suspects are involved in Hajtamiri’s abduction or can identify those responsible. Both suspects are described as being between 25 and 30 years old and police have released surveillance photos of them.
“It is at this point that, despite requests for information about the Hajtamiri kidnapping vehicle or anyone involved in any of the incidents, there has been no information that provides a motive or justification for these crimes,” said Det. in sp. Martin Graham said at a virtual news conference Tuesday morning.
Graham added that police have not received any ransom demands.
He also noted that police are aware of a person who had previously had a relationship with Hajtamiri and has been charged with criminal harassment on January 21 in Wasaga Beach.
Details of the incident have not been released.
That defendant was released after a bond hearing and is scheduled to appear in court today.
Hajtamiri’s mother, Fariba, who lives in Iran, posted a video message in Farsi pleading with the public to contact police with any information about her daughter’s abduction.
“I beg you as a mother to guide us and tell us everything you know. Please, I beg you to help us. We are living a desperate life,” she said when translated into English.
Police ask anyone with information to contact them through a dedicated tip line at 1-833-728-3415, your local police service, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222- TIPS (8477).
“We especially want to reach community members in the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal, Quebec, where there are significant populations of people who speak Farsi and Arabic. We need your help to find Elnaz and bring resolution to his family,” Graham said.