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Season 5: Sharmini

On June 12, 1999, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel disappeared on her way to a job. Four months later her remains were found in a North York ravine. Host Michelle Shephard revisits the murder two decades after she first covered it as a cub crime reporter at the Toronto Star.

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Twenty years ago, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel disappeared on her way to a job that police believe didn't exist. Four months later, her remains were found in a Toronto ravine. (Submitted by the Anandavel family)

In the latest season of  Uncover, host Michelle Shephard revisits the unsolved homicide of a Toronto teen two decades after she first covered the case as a cub crime reporter at the Toronto Star.

Fifteen-year-old Sharmini Anandavel was just weeks away from graduating junior high when she last left her family's North York apartment building in June 1999, telling her parents she was headed to a new job.

Four months later, her skeletal remains were found in a shallow grave in a wooded ravine, right next to the Don River.

No one has been charged in the twenty years following her death.

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Season 5 Trailer

On June 12, 1999, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel disappeared. Michelle Shephard returns to an investigation that has haunted her for 20 years. 3:04

Episode 1: 

Sharmini, Episode 1 - On June 12, 1999, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel left her family’s Toronto apartment around 9 a.m. She never returned. Her remains were found in a wooded ravine four months later. Investigative journalist Michelle Shephard revisits the case that has haunted her for twenty years and hears—for the first time—police theories about the only suspect. 31:21

Episode 2:

Sharmini's yearbook from Woodbine Junior High.
Sharmini, Episode 2 - Michelle visits Woodbine Junior High in North York to learn about Sharmini’s life as a Grade 9 student. Her friends, teachers, and community recall the days after the teen's disappearance, and the false stories born out of prejudice. 28:57

Episode 3:

Sharmini, episode 3 - In the years between being a suspect in Sharmini's killing and his 2009 conviction, Stanley Tippett exhibited disturbing patterns. Michelle talks to law enforcement officers, old neighbours, and witnesses about Tippett's behaviour as he moved from Oshawa to Collingwood to Peterborough. 35:43
 

Episode 4: 

Sharmini, episode 4 - Michelle talks to Stanley Tippett for the first time in twenty years. Face to face. 30:09

Episode 5:

Sharmini, episode 5 - Michelle questions Tippett on the shifting details of his stories, while he firmly maintains his innocence. His own words from months ago —and from 1999— contain many contradictions. 29:41
 

Episode 6: 

Sharmini, episode 6 - Sharmini's brother Kathees shares the last time he saw her and recalls their interactions with Stanley Tippett before she went missing. The Toronto Police shares why no one was charged for Sharmini's murder, with context of another case around the same time. We hear her voice for the first time. Also, after the credits, an update from the team. 34:30

 

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