Cops seize computers in search for missing teen

Toronto police are searching two libraries after learning that missingteen Mariam Makhniashvili used the facilities prior to herdisappearance last month.

Toronto police are searching two libraries after learning that missing teen Mariam Makhniashvili used the facilities prior to her disappearance last month.

Investigators yesterday executed a search warrant and began seizing computers at the Forest Hill Public Library and Barbara Frum Public Library.

They have taken more than 20 machines, and say they will be using them to examine who the girl contacted and what websites she visited. Police say she used the computers over the summer months.

“What we’re looking for is what she was feeling at the time, as well as anyone she may have been communicating with that we’re not aware of,” Const. Tony Vella told TV station CP24.

“The reasoning why she used computers at the library, rather than at school or at home, still remains a mystery.”

“But once we have an opportunity of examining the computers, as soon as we retrieve information in regards to her, then we’ll have a better understanding.”

Yesterday marked Mariam’s 18th birthday and more than six weeks since her disappearance.

She was last seen outside Forest Hill Collegiate Institute on Sept. 14.

The only clue police have found so far is Mariam’s backpack, which was discovered with some school books in a parking lot on Oct. 8.

Her parents say it’s unlikely she ran away since she left home with no money, no passport and no extra clothes.

 
 
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