Body of Toronto man missing since September 2021 found in Uxbridge

The body of a Toronto man reported missing last year has been found about an hour’s drive north of the city.

Ariel Kaplan, 32, was last seen in August

Durham Regional Police say Ariel Kaplan, 32, went missing in Toronto in August 2021. (Durham Regional Police)

The body of a Toronto man reported missing last year has been found about an hour's drive north of the city.

A homeowner in Uxbridge, Ont. found a hockey bag floating in a large pond adjacent to their property near Concession Road 6 and Allbright Road, Det. Sgt. Doris Carriere said in a news conference. They opened it, realized it contained human remains and reported it to police.

Police said forensic services determined the remains were the body of 32-year-old Ariel Kaplan, who was reported missing in September 2021. Durham police previously said in a news release Kaplan was reported missing in August, but later update that information.

Carriere said police believe Kaplan was murdered and his body disposed of in the fall of 2021. Witnesses in the area reported seeing the bag as far back as November 2021, Carriere said.

Kaplan was known to live in an apartment in Richmond Hill and was first reported missing to York Regional Police. 

He was last seen in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue W. area on Aug. 29, 2021, when the investigation into his disappearance was transferred to Toronto police, Carriere said.

Kaplan had been arrested in May 2021 after a transport trailer was stolen in the Steeles Avenue E. and Highway 410 area and police recovered more than $243,000 in suspected stolen merchandise, including office furniture, washing machines, motor oil, and bottled juice. He was charged with possession of property obtained by crime exceeding $5,000.

Investigators with Durham police's homicide unit are working with the Toronto police and looking to speak with anyone who may have spoken with Kaplan prior to his disappearance.

Anyone with information is being asked to call 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5444, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).