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    Tuesday, October 21, 2003
    Schoolgirl missing
    Cops issue Amber Alert after girl disappears from T.O. home
    By ROB LAMBERTI AND JONATHAN KINGSTONE, SUN MEDIA


    TORONTO -- A nine-year-old schoolgirl disappeared overnight from her bed in northeast Toronto, prompting police to issue an Amber Alert yesterday morning.

    After finding unspecified evidence of foul play, police were treating the case as a possible abduction.

    Dong-Yue "Cecilia" Zhang, a Grade 4 student, was reported missing at about 8:30 a.m. after her parents went into her room to get her ready for school and found her gone.

    A team of Toronto Police investigators, led by sex crimes unit Det.-Sgt. Dave Perry, believe a stranger broke into the two-storey home in the Finch Ave.-Hwy. 404 area, through a ground floor back window and took the youngster sometime late Sunday or early yesterday.

    An inventory of Cecilia's clothes by her parents showed none is missing. The Grade 4 student was last seen by her parents in her bedroom wearing underwear.

    The frantic parents called police at 8:27 a.m. after the child's mother went to the school at 8:10 a.m. asking teachers if they had seen her daughter. But it wasn't until about 11:40 a.m. when detectives ruled a stranger most likely abducted her.

    "We do have evidence of some foul play at the house and when the parents went to wake the child to get her ready for school, she wasn't there," Perry said. "We're very concerned for the safety of this child right now."

    'WHATEVER IT TAKES TO FIND HER ALIVE'

    Sgt. Jim Muscat added: "We are going to continue to do whatever it takes to find Cecilia alive."

    Police wouldn't discuss the broken window with a twisted window screen in the back of the home.

    Several hundred police officers have been assigned to the case, many searching through backyards, garages, sheds and other structures, and canvassing residents door-to-door.

    Neighbour Jack Jia, 42, who sometimes took the Zhang's on his boat on Lake Simcoe, said the missing child is "very cute, very helpful, always said hello.

    "When we saw her on the street, we always said, 'Hello, Cecilia,'" Jia said. "Yes, she's very smart. She plays piano, she's very smart and in the gifted program."

    The search began from the child's home and spread to include a grim examination of the garbage transfer station at Victoria Park and McNicoll Aves.

    "We're asking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything, who saw anyone or saw any (suspicious) vehicle in the area," Deputy police chief Mike Boyd said.

    He also turned his attention to Cecilia's abductor: "We're reaching out ... particularly to anyone who has been involved. We want them to come forward immediately. If any kind of serious error in judgment has taken place, they need to come forward as soon as possible."
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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    Abduction 'not random'
    Cops say Grade 4 student's disappearance probably not sex predator

    'COULD BE A RANSOM SITUATION'

    Although Perry conceded "this could be a ransom situation," he said, without elaborating, there are other theories.

    http://www.canoe.ca/CalgaryNews/cs.cs-10-23-0015.html
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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