Peel girl found dead after Amber Alert issued Thursday night

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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.”

courtesy Peel Regional Police

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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This happened almost a month ago. With no dates in the article, it has been written to look as if it is recent news. If you want this website to work you need to post actual local, recent news, not click bait for tragedies involving young children. This is disrespectful to the girl and her family.

    • Thank you Molly for pointing out this article. Due to a server error, several old posts slated to be archived were republished. We apologize for reposting this story, and certainly did not intend any disrespect to the victim or her family, and was certainly not intended as clickbait. we regret the error and sincerely apologize to anyone who took offence to it being reposted.

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