‘Please reach out to us’: Zabia Afzal’s family still hopeful as search enters 7th day


    The brother of lacking Toronto lady Zabia Afzal says her family just isn’t giving up hope that she will be discovered secure and sound after she vanished one week in the past. 

    “I need you to be secure out there; please reach out to us.”

    That is the message Zubair Afzal says he needs to go on to his sister. 

    “We completely love you.”

    Afzal says tons of of volunteers have come out day by day to assist search for the 30-year-old York College pupil and group activist. 

    “It has been phenomenal, it has been very encouraging, and we’re very grateful as a family to them.” he added.

    The family has labored with police in Toronto and York Area to retrace Zabia’s final recognized steps.

    Police say she was in Vaughan about an hour earlier than she went lacking.

    She took an Uber to the Toronto’s Seashore neighbourhood close to Woodbine Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard.

    Two searchers on Toronto Islands have a look at posters of Zabia Afzal. (Philippe de Montigny/Radio-Canada)

    Afzal says, hours after his sister went lacking, a few of her belongings had been recovered close to Ashbridges Bay, together with her cellphone. 

    “We have now sat down varied variety of instances inside the family and in addition with a number of the associates as effectively, making an attempt to brainstorm a bit bit on what might need occurred,” he mentioned. “We have now not been in a position to pinpoint something particularly.”

    A search of Lake Ontario on Monday discovered no signal of his sister. 

    Whereas Toronto police divers searched the waters off Woodbine Seashore, York Regional Police searched the realm on foot amassing info from the general public, Afzal mentioned earlier this week.​

    Toronto police divers search a piece of Lake Ontario for lacking Toronto lady Zabia Afzal on Monday. (Invoice Arnold/CBC)

    He added that police had been anticipated to proceed their search efforts on the bottom, within the water and within the air with helicopters looking out the realm. Lacking posters bearing pictures of the lacking lady are plastered on lamp posts and hydro poles everywhere in the neighbourhood and past.

    Pals and family additionally launched the social media marketing campaign #FindZabia final week. 

    Zabia Afzal was final seen carrying black pants, a black or navy zippered hooded sweatshirt and a inexperienced floral shirt. Anybody with info is requested to name York Regional Police’s legal investigations unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441.

    Zabia Afzal has been lacking since final Thursday. Matt Galloway speaks together with her brother Zubair Afzal about his sister and the search. 5:59




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