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ONTARIO: Police suspect Markham girl, 5, abducted by father (Update: located)

A provincewide Amber Alert has been issued for Jannah Jaffri, who was wearing a pink sweater, white tank top, grey leggings, navy blue coat and carrying a sparkly white unicorn backpack
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Jannah Jaffri (left), aged five, was last seen getting in a taxi with her father (right), Soloman Jaffri at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. He does not have access to the child, police report.

NEWS RELEASE
YORK REGIONAL POLICE
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7:30 p.m. update

York Regional Police sincerely thanks members of the public and the media after five-year-old Jannah Jaffri, who police believe was abducted from her school by her father, was located unharmed.

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, just before 6 p.m., police received a call from a store owner, in the area of Rodick Road and Hwy. 7, who had seen the Amber Alert and indicated he could see Jannah and her father nearby. Responding officers quickly located Jannah, who was in good health.

Her father, Soloman Jaffri, was taken into custody without incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Earlier in the day, at approximately 3 p.m., police responded to Armadale Public School located at 11 Coppard Avenue in Markham, after school staff reported that Jannah was abducted by her father.

“We are very grateful to our community and members of the media, whose assistance following the Amber Alert resulted in Jannah being located safe and sound,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “The efforts of our members and from all our partners, including neighbouring police agencies, brought this to a successful conclusion and they have my thanks.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

Original release: 4:30 p.m.

York Regional Police is seeking public assistance to locate five-year-old Jannah Jaffri who police believe was abducted from her school by her father.

A provincewide Amber alert was issued at about 5:10 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at approximately 3 p.m., police responded to Armadale Public School located at 11 Coppard Ave. in Markham, after school staff called to report that a five-year-old Jannah Jaffri was abducted from her classroom by her father, Soloman Jaffri, who is not supposed to have access to the child.

There were seen getting into a mini-van taxi.

Child description:

  • Jannah Jaffri
  • Female, five years
  • Brown skin, 4’ tall
  • Light brown, shoulder-length hair, brown eyes
  • Wearing a pink sweater, white tank top, grey leggings, navy blue coat and carrying a sparkly white unicorn backpack
Suspect description:
  • Soloman Jaffri
  • Male, 25
  • Brown skin
  • 6’1”, average build
  • Short brown hair
  • Tattoo that says “Jannah” on right arm
  • Wearing navy blue dress coat and black cargo pants

Anyone with information is asked to contact York Regional Police immediately at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7008

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