Friends Appeal for Help Finding Missing Man

By Martin Blake, Toronto Police Service Published: 8:45 a.m. December 15, 2020

Toronto Police is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man who was last seen in Toronto seven months ago.

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Lebohang ‘Toby’ Nicol, 39, was last seen on May 15, 2020

Lebohang ‘Toby’ Nicol, 39, was known by many in the Church St. corridor and the Queen St. W. and Parkdale communities.

On May 15, 2020, Nicol – who is from Sudbury – attended a Toronto hospital earlier that day.

“Surveillance images from the hospital show him arriving wearing a black T-shirt with red or orange writing, light grey jogging pants and white socks,” said Det. Mary Vruna of the Missing Person Unit. “When he left the hospital that afternoon, images show he had been wearing low-cut shoes, a Black jacket with large hood and a large black backpack with a grey top.”

Vruna said Nicol was last seen alone in the area of Bathurst St. & Richmond St. W. at around 5.30 p.m. 

Some of the missing man’s friends and co-workers have expressed concern for his safety.

“Toby is a very kind-hearted man,” said Jason, a co-worker. “He’s a person who will do anything to help somebody else. He will give you the shirt off his back. If it was your birthday, you were getting a present. It didn’t matter.”

Appeal for information on missing man Lebohang 'Toby' Nicol, 39

Another friend, Sandi, is appealing for anyone who knows about Nicol’s whereabouts to contact police.

“We miss him, we love him and we need him,” she said.

Nicol is described as 5’5”, 130 lbs., with a small to medium build and has an Afro style hair.

“Toby’s family and friends are worried about him and are pleading for his safe return,” said Vruna, appealing to anyone with information to reach out to police or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7411, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or online at

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