TORONTO - The parents of a 17-year-old Toronto girl have made a
heartfelt appeal for their daughter, whom they haven't seen for three
days, to get in touch with them.
Mariam Makhniashvili was last
seen by her family when she left for school with her brother on Monday
morning (near Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West).
They entered by different doors.
girl did not arrive home from Forest Hill Collegiate Institute and the
parents began looking for her and contacted police, who say they are
concerned for her safety.
The school principal says Miriam did not attend classes Monday.
The parents appealed at a news conference Thursday for Miriam to contact them.
“We all love you. We miss you. We want you back,” her mother, Lela, said as she fought back tears.
The parents said there was no dispute that would have prompted the girl to run away.
“No. She was an absolute perfect student, perfect daughter,” her father, Vakhtang, said.
“She was absolutely happy.”
family has only been in Toronto for three months and the father said
Miriam had not yet made friends, since school had just started.
They had moved to Toronto from the Republic of Georgia, Vakhtang Makhniashvili said, for a better life.
He said his daughter knows about calling 911, and police said she knows enough English to make herself understood.
She did not have a cellphone.
Staff Insp. Larry Sinclair added his voice to the appeal.
“Please call a family member, a friend, the police and let us know you're safe,” he said.
Lela Makhniashvili said they would have detected any change in their daughter to indicate she was having problems.
“We haven't noticed anything,” she said. “We would notice anything.”
She said it has been hard not knowing where Miriam is.
“It's very hard to express. But we're coping. We're hoping she'll be back with us.”
School principal Peggy Aitchison said they are ready to mobilize an army of “a thousand” parents to look for the girl.
“We've had tremendous emotional support back from our parents,” she said.
have asked students to be aware and let us know if there's something
out of the ordinary that happened during the first week of school.”
girl is 5-foot-3 with light-brown, shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.
She was last seen wearing black pants, a light blue shirt and a dark
blue jean jacket. She was carrying a large black backpack with a green