A Peel region girl, the subject of an evening Amber Alert late Thursday night, has been found dead, according to Police.
11-year old Riya Raikumar was found 40 minutes after an Ambert Alert went out Thursday evening. Her body was discovered in a house in Brampton near Hansen Road North and Marshall Drive. The girl was in her father’s care at the time.
The girl did not live full-time with her father, but was picked up in Mississauga by her father, 41-year-old Roopesh Rajkumar, at around 3 p.m.
Thursday was Riya’s 11th birthday.
“In a tragic situation like this when your daughter goes to spend her birthday, especially on Valentine’s Day, with her father and you expect your child to come home, my heart aches for this family,”
– Peel Region Const. Akhil Mooken
“As a parent, I can’t even begin to imagine what the mom is going through and it’s something that we never want to be involved in, but it’s a terrible situation.”
According to Police, Riya’s mother called officers when she did not return around 6:30 p.m. and told police that Roopesh Rajkumar had suggested to her that he could hurt both himself and Riya.
Several hours later, Peel Police tweeted that a parental abduction investigation had begun
Emergency Management Ontario sent out an Amber Alert to mobile devices at 11:36 pm. The alert was cancelled 12:21 am, when it was reported that the child had been located in Brampton.
Ontario Provincial Police apprehended Rajkumar near Orillia, 130 km north of where Riya’s body was found.