RCMP say missing Toronto girl may have been spotted near Okotoks

Alberta RCMP say a Toronto girl missing since early September may have been spotted near Calgary.

OKOTOKS — RCMP say a girl last seen at her Toronto high school in early September may have been spotted near Calgary.

Police said Wednesday they believe Mariam Makhniashvili may have been in Okotoks, just south of Calgary, in late October and could still be in the area.

They say the 18-year-old possibly tried to sell dream catchers and other crafts to local businesses.

Makhniashvili was last seen arriving at school with her younger brother on Sept. 14.

Toronto police have said thousands of interviews have failed to generate any solid leads about what happened to her.

The teen, who was 17 when she disappeared, had only been at the school for four days before she disappeared and most students told police they had never spoken to her.

She had moved to Canada just three months earlier from the Republic of Georgia.

Police have said they found nothing on the family computer to indicate she met someone online. Her parents said in late October that no one in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, including the girl’s two closest friends, has heard from her in six weeks.

Her parents have said it’s unlikely she ran away since she left home with no money, no passport and no extra clothes. They’ve said they think the girl may have been kidnapped.

The teen’s backpack was discovered a few kilometres east of the school. Some of its contents were strewn about as if someone had gone through it and discarded some items.

The case has also been profiled on the website of “America’s Most Wanted.”

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