Mother of woman abducted in Wasaga Beach seeks answers: ‘We desperately need your help’

By Lucas Casaletto

The mother of a missing woman abducted by three men in Wasaga Beach, Ont. offered a plea for help and information about her daughter’s whereabouts.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say 37-year-old Elnaz Hajtamiri — who also goes by the surname Tamiri — was kidnaped from her home on January 12, 2022, by three men wearing police gear but not actual police uniforms.

They fled with Hajtamiri in what is believed to be a white 2016-2022 model Lexus RX sport utility vehicle. OPP investigators have linked the abduction with an assault on Hajtamiri that occurred in Richmond Hill on December 20, 2021.

According to the CBC, before the December 20 attack, Hajtamiri discovered two illegal tracking devices underneath her Lexus by workers at a dealership when the car was in for service.

On Tuesday,  the OPP released a video statement from Elnaz’s mother — Fariba Hajtamiri — who lives in Iran.

“We have no news about her. We don’t know if she is alive or not,” Fariba said. “We desperately need your help. Please guide us and share your information with us. If you have any information, please share it with the police. I beg of you as a mother to guide us and tell us everything you know.”

elnaz video screenshot

Elnaz HAJTAMIRI stands approximately 160 cm (5’3″) tall. She is of slim build and had shoulder-length black hair until it had been cut to a shorter length before she was abducted. Photo courtesy: OPP video.

An emotional Fariba said she and her family are “living a desperate life” in the attempt to find a resolution to her daughter’s disappearance. The family also believes that Elnaz is alive and is being held against her own will.

“Please help us find Elnaz. Please stay with us and help us.”

OPP Detective Inspector Martin Graham and Farsi and Arabic-speaking OPP members updated details of the investigation into Hajtamiri’s disappearance. They directed their appeals for any information to Iranian communities in the GTA and Montréal.

Graham said there is no clear motive or rationale for this crime and no ransom demand has been received to date.

“The OPP and members of Elnaz’s family have had one goal since the abduction occurred; to find Elnaz and bring her home safely,” Graham said.

“We hope that anyone with any information will do the right thing. Come forward to police and help bring resolution to Elnaz’s family.”

OPP said the three suspects claimed to be there to arrest the victim, but when the homeowner became suspicious and tried to call 911, the trio overpowered the owner and abducted Hajtamiri.

Hajtamiri is described as 5-foot-3, with a slim build and shoulder-length black hair. Anyone with any information is asked to call the dedicated tip line at 1-833-728-3415, a local police service.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers. Members of the public are urged to help share the information and photos of Hajtamiri using the hashtag #BringElnazHome.

Photo of two alleged suspects: 

OPP released two images of suspects believed to have assaulted Elnaz in late December. Photo courtesy: OPP.

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