An Amber Alert sent out around midnight Thursday night has now been cancelled after Peel Regional Police discovered the body of an 11-year old girl in a basement apartment in Brampton, the father of the girl has been arrested. Police claim that the mother of the young girl had received threatening messages from the father in which he implied that he planned on harming himself and their daughter.
According to CBC, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was detained by officers after his daughter’s body was uncovered in an apartment located in the Brampton area around 30 km northwest of Toronto. Rajkumar was apprehended by the OPP near Orillia after a person responding to the alert called in to report seeing a silver Honda Civic, which had been detailed in the notice.
The mother of the girl reached out to police to notify them that the girl’s father had failed to drop her off at the agreed upon time around 6:30 PM Thursday evening. Police launched an investigation shortly thereafter. The father did not have full custody of his daughter, but she had been dropped off at a Mississauga gas station in the afternoon so that he could take her out for her birthday.
Peel Police have sealed off semi-detached home on Hansen Rd in Brampton where 11 y/o Riya Rajkumar, subject of late nite Amber Alert, was found dead. Her 41 y/o father, Roopesh Rajkumar, was arrested while driving on Hwy11 north of Barrie. Yesterday was Riya’s birthday. pic.twitter.com/8vzVI0ycex
Police are refusing to say at the moment how the Brampton apartment, where the girl’s body was discovered, is linked to Rajkumar. Further details on the case are expected to be released today.
The alert only lasted about an hour as the police’s exhaustive efforts quickly led to the discovery of both the father and the girl. "We did a thorough investigation, exhausted all means in our investigation, and that's when we reached out to [Ontario Provincial Police] to put an Amber Alert out," Constable Hill stated according to CBC.