TORONTO — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Markham woman missing since Tuesday, and have released a new photograph in hopes of finding her.
York Regional Police said 25-year-old Taneesha Brown was last seen at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night in the McCowan Road and Castlemore Avenue area, after telling family members she was going outside for some fresh air.
Investigators and family members said they have received no information on her possible whereabouts and are increasingly concerned for her well-being, as they believe she is not suitably dressed for the weather.
“She told my sister she just wanted to go outside for fresh air and she just took off,” said her father, Uriel Brown.
“To Taneesha, if you’re watching TV just give your family, your siblings a call, we just wanna make sure you’re ok.”
Uriel Brown said his daughter had mental health issues and he had introduced her to the teachings of the Nation of Islam in hopes it would help her instead of medication.
“I realized that she was taking it to the extreme,” said Uriel Brown, adding that he would be willing to try medication for his daughter now but wants to make sure she’s ok.
“I realized there was something wrong with her, the way she processed information.”
Taneesha Brown is described by police as a black woman standing 5’5″ tall, weighing 122 pounds, with black shoulder-length hair and pink highlights.
She was last seen wearing a traditional Muslim outfit consisting of a white, knee-length dashiki, with white pants underneath, a white hijab on her head and carrying a black purse.
“She basically left her aunt’s residence here in Markham with the clothes that she was wearing on her back,” said Det. Mark Charlebois.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7541, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, leave an anonymous tip online at http://www.1800222tips.com or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.
With files from Mark CarcasoleFollow @adamsmiller
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