Concerned members of Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community met with police on Tuesday night to discuss the mysterious disappearance of two men.
Selim Esen, 44, went missing in April and Andrew Kinsman, 49, disappeared in June.
Police say they’ve poured extra resources into the case but people are still on edge.
The event’s organizer Greg Downer says he’s constantly looking over his shoulder when walking in the Gay Village. He even started walking in the opposite direction of the street in order to see on-coming traffic
“[That’s] something I never thought of or considered before but because we don’t know how these [five people] went missing, it got me thinking did somebody sneak up from behind them? We just don’t know.”
The five people Downer mentioned refer to Esen, Kinsmen, and three other men who have gone missing since 2010. Police said there’s no link among the five cases.
Over 200 community members were in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting, where police and organizers shared safety information and strategies.
Supt. Tony Riviere said the volume of information that has been pouring in led to the creation of the taskforce for Esen and Kinsman.
Kinsman’s sisters Karen and Patricia thanked those in attendance for all their efforts and urged them to keep looking, even if there’s little hope.
“It’s been over a month … optimistically [to see Andrew] coming home alive, I have my doubts,” they said.
“We want him back. Dead or alive, we just want to know.”
Police say they’re continuously receiving tips and each of them is being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
Descriptions of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman
Esen was last seen near Yonge and Bloor streets on April 14. He is quite familiar with the Church Street and Wellesley Street area, and frequents the Ted Rogers Way area, police said.
He is five-foot-10, approximately 150 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and a full beard. He was often in possession of a silver suitcase with wheels.
Kinsman was last seen near 71 Winchester St., near Church and Wellesley streets, on June 26.
He is six-foot-four, approximately 220 pounds, with brown hair and a full beard. He has a tattoo of the word “Queer” on his right arm and another tattoo with an expletive on the right side of his chest. Like Esen, he is familiar with the Church and Wellesley area.
Both men were active on social media dating applications.