Fifth man now reported missing
There are increasing concerns about a number of disappearances in Toronto’s gay district. Since 2010, at least five gay men known to the community have mysteriously gone missing. Despite police efforts, they have yet to be found.
According to local reports, a number of those missing were last seen leaving local clubs in the early hours of the morning.
“These people going missing are customers that support out community. It’s concerned and reminds us all that we need to take precautions,” a concerned citizen told Global News.
“We all see the links. They’re all gay men in their 40s, and it’s frightening because it could be someone in our community.”
Around two weeks ago, 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman became the latest man to vanish. His friends and colleagues have shared the behavior is completely “out of character”. Local authorities have confirmed they are treating his disappearance as suspicious.
“Investigators are aware of the similarities, but there aren’t enough facts to connect the cases,” said Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook, adding there are no leads on the whereabouts of Kinsman.
In September of 2010, Skanda Navaratnam was reported missing after leaving a gay bar with an unknown male. Several months later, Abdulbasir Faizi was reported missing. His ababdoned car was later found on Moore Ave. in Toronto.
Then in October 2012, Majeed Hamid Kayhan, was reported missing to police and has yet to be found.
Earlier in 2017, “Grindr” serial killer Stephen Port was found guilty of the murders of Gabriel Kovari, Jack Taylor, Daniel Witworth and Anthony Walgate.
Despite concerns being raised by members of the community, police failed to link the killings until the discovery of fourth victim Jack Taylor’s body in September 2015.
Scotland Yard later revealed that 17 of its officers are the subject of an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into their initial handling of the killings.