Police set up tip line in search for 2 men missing from Church and Wellesley area
Investigators have not made a connection between disappearances of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen
Toronto police have set up a dedicated tip line for information on the disappearances of two men from the Church and Wellesley area earlier this year.
In a news release issued Wednesday, police updated their investigation into the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen.
Kinsman, 49, went missing from Cabbagetown in June, while Esen, 44, was last seen in the Yonge and Bloor area last April.
According to police, the dedicated task force probing the two men's disappearances has followed up on 150 leads and interviewed more than two dozen people.
"Dating apps, specifically relating to Andrew Kinsman, have been examined and have not assisted in determining who, if anyone, Kinsman met around the time of his disappearance," the release said.
Investigators have not made a connection between the two men's disappearances, nor have they made a connection to Project Houston, a special police probe launched in 2012 to look into the cases of three men who vanished from the Church and Wellesley area that year.
Police would still like anyone who saw or had contact with Esen around the date of Sunday, April 16 or Kinsman around Monday, June 26 to contact them.
The dedicated tip line is 416-808-2021. Anyone with information can still call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS.
'Someone must know something'
Det.-Sgt. Michael Richmond said Wednesday police are also extending the eight-officer task force that's looking into the two men's disappearances for another 60 days.
Kinsman's sister, Patricia Kinsman, said police updated the family late last week on their efforts. She also recently conducted another search of Riverdale Park, which is walking distance from her brother's home, but that didn't produce any new information.
"It's a little disheartening that we can't find him, but we are grateful for police and the task force," Kinsman told CBC Toronto.
It's difficult for the family to deal with the mystery every day, she said.
"Someone must know something and we are hoping they will come forward."
With files from Nicholas Boisvert