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Abducted 11-year-old girl found dead; father arrested

NEWS STAFF AND THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Feb 15th, 2019

The search for an 11-year-old girl allegedly abducted by her father has come to a tragic conclusion.

Peel police said the body of Riya Rajkumar, who was the subject of an Amber Alert, was found at a house in Brampton. Her father, 41-year-old Roopesh Rajkumar, was taken into custody.

The girl did not live with her father on a full-time basis, police said, but was dropped off at a gas station in Mississauga around 3 p.m. Thursday so he could take her out for her birthday.

When he failed to return the child to her mother at 6:30 p.m. she called police.

Roopesh had made contact with the mother and made concerning comments about harming himself and his daughter.

The Amber alert was issued at 11 p.m. Peel police said Riya was found dead around midnight, and her father was arrested by provincial police a short time later about 130 kilometres north, near Orillia.

Police have not said how the Brampton home is connected to Roopesh and his family.

“My heart aches for this family, and as a parent, I can’t even begin to imagine what the mom is going through,” Peel Const. Akhil Mooken said.

“As one can expect in a tragic situation like this where your daughter goes to spend her birthday, and especially on Valentine’s Day, with the father, you expect your child to come home.”

Peel police’s homicide and missing persons unit have taken over the investigation.

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