In an unprecedented move, Toronto police have expanded the scope of the investigation of missing 18-year-old Mariam Makhniashvili.
They have assigned 60 detective constables from squads such as fraud, sex crimes and homicide to canvass about 6,000 homes in the midtown area where Mariam lived and went to school.
Police are hoping to find that elusive tip. For the next two or three weeks, plainclothes officers will be knocking on doors near Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West, targeting Shallmar Boulevard, where the family lives.
“You will expect a knock at your door and police will keep knocking at your door,” Det. Sgt. Dan Nealon told a news conference. “We’re also asking to be invited into your home just for a quick peek into areas of your home to ensure that there is no evidence ... and we can move on.”