It was two years ago Wednesday that Mariam Makhniashvili disappeared from the streets of midtown.
There have been reported sightings of the missing teen, but none have panned out. The only solid clue investigators have is her backpack, found behind a building in the Yonge and Eglinton area three weeks after her disappearance.
The then-17-year-old disappeared on Sept. 14, 2009 on her way to class at Forest Hill Collegiate. She walked there with her brother, but they headed to separate entrances.
Mariam had only recently been reunited with her family after arriving in Toronto from Tbilisi, Georgia, when she disappeared. At the time she didn’t speak English that well and wasn’t very familiar with the city.
Investigators questioned every student at Mariam’s school, pored over hours of security tape and conducted canvasses around her Shallmar Boulevard home, near Bathurst and Eglinton. Her parents have since moved.
Investigators also scoured the Ingram Transfer Station, near Keele and Eglinton, but the search for clues proved to be fruitless.
Around the one-year anniversary of Mariam’s disappearance, the Missing Children Society of Canada put up a $10,000 reward for any information on the case.
It’s been an agonizing two years for the teen’s parents. Her father, Vakhtang Makhniashvili, stabbed three people in the wake of his daughter’s disappearance — a neighbour and a married couple who had posted bail for him.
The man’s sentencing hearing was postponed this summer due to his outbursts in court. The Crown told the court Makhniashvili likely suffers from a major illness certifiable under the Mental Health Act.
He remains in custody and is currently awaiting sentencing for three counts of aggravated assault.