George Koutroubis has been found dead, despite fervent hopes and efforts by friends and family to locate the 36-year-old businessman.
His body, showing “obvious signs of trauma,” was discovered in Brampton Sunday in his new BMW SUV. It was parked outside a Steeles Avenue West apartment building, overlooking the Shoppers World mall.
Police said someone else had driven the vehicle to the area.
Last week, relatives and friends plastered posters around the GTA, began a Twitter feed that reached more than 25,000 people and raised more than $80,000 in case a reward was needed to bring Koutroubis home safely.
“My son has only friends, no enemies,” his father, Gus Koutroubis, had said. “No one has reason to kidnap or to kill my son or do any bad things to him. He was a great guy. He was a good, family boy.”
Koutroubis, 36, known for an ever-buzzing BlackBerry and his speed at returning calls, last made contact with relatives and friends around 4:45 p.m. last Tuesday. He was in Whitby about to meet a client, he told his brother Bill Koutroubis. Calls to his BlackBerry a half hour later went unanswered. He was never heard from again.
While Koutroubis had many business endeavours, police said not all of them were legitimate.
He was considered a bookie and known to “facilitate sports bets.”