Missing Children Society of Canada

Missing Children Society of Canada

October 04, 2010 07:03 ET

Missing Children Society of Canada: $10,000 Reward for Mariam to Expire Next Week

Public is urged to contact MCSC about Mariam Makhniashvili's disappearance

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) -

Editor's Note: There is a photo associated with this release.

On September 10th, the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) announced a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of Mariam Makhniashvili, the Toronto teen who has been missing for just over 1 year. With the reward conditions set to expire on October 13th, just over a week from today, MCSC is once again urging the public to come forward with information.

"There has been an outpouring of support and awareness for Mariam's case in the past few weeks," said Amanda Pick, Executive Director of MCSC. "However we are still waiting for someone to step forward with that key piece of information."

"Someone knows what happened to Mariam. We are offering them an opportunity to help this family, and to collect a sizeable reward in return," said Dan Picken, MCSC Investigator and former police detective.

On the morning of September 14th, 2009, Mariam walked with her younger brother George to school at the Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. When they arrived at the school, the pair went their separate ways - George headed towards the back entrance and Mariam walked around to use the front entrance. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary on that morning, but it would be the last time George would see his older sister. 

Mariam was new to the Toronto area, having moved to the city just a few months before in June 2009. She had only been a student at her high school for a few days, since the start of the new school year that September. Mariam's parents have said that her disappearance was completely out of character for the girl, whom they described as quiet and shy.

With the one year anniversary fresh in their minds, Mariam's family still hasn't given up on looking for her. 

"It has been one year now that our precious daughter disappeared. We still don't know where she is, or if she is alive," said Mariam's parents, Vakhtang Makhniahsvili and Lela Tabidze. "The pain of not knowing the whereabouts of our child is unbearable."

"Please, if you have any information, come forward, don't let our family suffer this way any longer," Mariam's parents continued, "By providing us, the police, or the Missing Children Society of Canada - with even small, new information - you could save our daughter's life or ease the tragedy of our family by helping us to learn that Mariam is not suffering anymore." 

MCSC is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the active search for abducted and missing children. Anyone with information about Mariam's disappearance is asked to contact MCSC confidentially at 1-800-661-6160 toll-free or tips@mcsc.ca

To view a photo of Mariam Makhniashvili, click the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/miss_1.jpg

Dan Picken, MCSC, Investigator: 403-291-0705 ext. 229

Maria Sbert, MCSC, Director, Investigation Unit: 403-291-0705 ext. 234

Toronto Police: 416-808-5300

Missing Since: September 14TH, 2009
Missing From: Toronto, Ontario
Date of Birth: October 27, 1991
Current Age: 18 years
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Height: 156 cm
Weight: 164 kgs

Contact Information

  • Missing Children Society of Canada
    Maria Sbert
    Director, Investigation Unit
    (403) 291-0705 ext. 234 or Cell: (403) 813-6694


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