Man Missing For A Year

By Kevin Masterman, Toronto Police Service Published: 4:08 p.m. November 23, 2018

On the anniversary of a 24-year-old man’s disappearance, Toronto Police investigators are appealing for information.

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Yoseph Birhanu-Baynesagn, 24, was last heard from by his family on Nov. 24, 2017

Yoseph Birhanu-Baynesagn, 24, left his family’s home in Kitchener, Ontario on Thursday, November 23, 2017, and travelled to Toronto. 

On Friday, November 24, 2017, he called a relative, who lives in North York, from a payphone, believed to be at Union Station, and said he was coming over for a visit. 

“He made contact with his family and never showed,” said Missing Person Unit Det. Mary Vruna. “It’s completely out of character for him.”

Vruna is asking the public to get a hard look at his photo and report any instances where they might have seen the man.

Vruna says his family is very concerned about his well-being as they haven’t heard anything beyond the Nov. 24 phone call.

There has been no bank activity on the man or indication he was in hospital or a shelter.

It’s unclear how he got to Toronto and he did not have a cellphone.

“At this point there is no new information or leads,” says Vruna, encouragin the publice to reach out to police. “We want to hear from people who may have come across his path at some point. Any small piece of information we weigh against our evidence to evaluate whether it’s valuable or not.”

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Yoseph Birhanu-Baynesagn, 24, has not contacted his family in a year
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Yoseph Birhanu-Baynesagn, 24, was last heard from by his family on Nov. 24, 2017

Waterloo Regional Police Service began an investigation last year and worked with Toronto to share information. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7411, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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