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Body of missing Markham woman found in frozen pond

Last Updated Jan 24, 2016 at 9:21 am EST

A body found in a frozen pond in Markham is that of missing 25-year-old woman Taneesha Brown, York regional police confirmed Saturday evening.

The body was located around 11:30 a.m. near Edward Jeffreys Road and Highway 48, while police were conducting a ground search for Brown who was last seen on Jan. 12.

York police found a body in a Markham pond on Jan. 23, 2016. CITYNEWS.
York police found a body in a Markham pond on Jan. 23, 2016. CITYNEWS.


An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Police said they don’t consider the case to be suspicious.

During their investigation, police had searched ponds near Bur Oak Secondary School, where she was seen on security video, for any sign of the missing woman.

Brown was last seen near McCowan Road and Castlemore Avenue around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 12. At the time, she told family members she was going for a walk to get some fresh air.

The night she disappeared, there was an event at Bur Oak Secondary School. In surveillance video obtained from the school, Brown is seen speaking with a man around 10:48 p.m.

Police said the man is not a suspect, but is a witness who spoke to Brown before she walked away. Investigators believe they don’t know each other.

The man told police he had just left the school and was headed towards the parking lot when he was approached by Brown.

He asked her if she was OK since she wasn’t dressed for the weather. She said she was fine but “starting on a journey.” She then walked south behind the soccer fields.

With files from The Canadian Press