TORONTO - The search for a missing Toronto teen is focused today on a park where her family took picnics and hiked.


Police are using a helicopter to search Earl Bales Park for clues in the disappearance of Mariam Makhniashvili.


Dan Nealon says the move is not motivated by anything uncovered in the
investigation, but rather by the fact the 17-year-old was familiar with
the park.


The park is about five kilometres north of where the high school student was last seen.

Makhniashvili and her brother were walking to their school on Sept. 14, but separated once they arrived.

teen had told her brother that she would head to the front entrance of
Forest Hill Collegiate because it was closer to her first-period class.

Makhniashvili never made it to class and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

girl, who speaks little English and has only been in the country for
three months, came to Toronto from the Republic of Georgia in June to
join her parents, who had been living in California.