Foul play suspected in Indo-Canadian missing woman`s case

Last Updated: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 17:56

Toronto: Canadian Police on Friday said that
it was suspecting foul play in the case of a missing pregnant
Indo-Canadian woman and said her family is not cooperating in
the investigations.

"The investigators believe that certain persons in
her household have information about the disappearance of
Poonam Litt, that they are not being fully co-operative,"
police said.
"Those people that have information: We know this is
going to be haunting them. We want them to know that the
investigation is moving along well and we are going to uncover
the truth. So we are urging those people to come forward."

Manjinder Litt, Poonam`s husband, had been in India
when his wife went missing. He told the Toronto Star on
Wednesday that they have told investigators everything they
know. He is considering increasing the reward offer.

The Brampton woman left her home the morning of
February 5, 2009 to walk to her job as a dental office
receptionist, which was about a 15-minute stroll from her
home.

She never showed up at work. Her basic ID was left at
home. After a month, Peel Police said their investigation was
going nowhere.
"We did a very extensive canvas of the area where
she went missing," police said.

Manjinder last spoke with her on February 3, 2009,
learning she was pregnant with their second child.

"I am totally shocked," he told CTV Toronto on March
1, 2009. "Poonam, if you are listening to me, please come
home. We are so worried." Manjinder and Poonam lived with his
parents and married sister, who had two children of her own.

In April, Peel police issued a news release
debunking a rumour that she had been spotted in the Vancouver
area. They appealed for people to provide information about
the source of the rumours.

Last July, the Litt family posted a USD 25,000
reward for information about her disappearance. At the time of
the reward offer, Peel police said the following in a news
release: "While there are no indications of foul play, the
circumstances surrounding Mrs Litt`s disappearance are
disturbing," police said the money has not been paid out.

The case had been handled by the Criminal Investigation
Bureau of Peel Police. It is now the responsibility of the
Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau, he said. "Their mandate
is to investigate homicides and suspicious missing persons
cases," he said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 17:56

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