Police searching for Taneesha Brown find body beneath frozen pond

No confirmation remains are those of woman who disappeared more than 2 weeks ago

Police searching for Taneesha Brown say they have found a body in a frozen pond in Markham, Ont., but cannot confirm it is that of the 25-year-old woman who went missing almost two weeks ago.

York Regional Police say they spotted a bit of white fabric in the ice, and then found the frozen remains about 1.5 metres from shore shortly before noon Saturday. The pond is just a few blocks from Bur Oak Secondary School, where Brown was last seen alive on Jan. 12.

The fabric is consistent with the clothing Brown was wearing at the time of her disappearance, Supt. Fred Moffatt said. 

Police searching for Taneesha Brown find body beneath frozen pond
Police also found some personal items in the pond. (Michael Cole/CBC)

A dive team and a search command team were still waiting to retrieve the body at about 2:15 p.m., but Moffatt said he hoped to have enough information to identify the remains by nightfall.

Police have been searching all the bodies of water in the area in which Brown went missing. This is the first time they have searched this pond since the she was last seen.

Brown’s family spent Saturday afternoon waiting with investigators, Moffatt said.

Missing for almost 2 weeks

Taneesha Brown went missing on Jan. 12 when she told her family she was going out for some air but never returned. (Alison Chiasson/CBC)
Taneesha Brown went missing on Jan. 12 when she told her family she was going out for some air but never returned. (Alison Chiasson/CBC)

Police have been looking for Brown for almost two weeks, and early Saturday were canvassing the area around the school.

Brown told her family at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 that she was going out for some air but never returned. 

She was last seen about 20 minutes later when she had a brief conversation with a man near the school. The encounter was caught on surveillance video and the man, whose identity has not been released, later told police Brown had told him she was going on a “journey.” She was not dressed for winter weather. 

Her brother told CBC News that Brown had been taking medication for bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia, but had recently had gone off her medication because she believed she could heal herself through faith.

She left her aunt’s house wearing a traditional Muslim outfit: a white, knee-length dashiki, with white pants and a white hijab. She was carrying a black purse.

Feature photo credit (Michael Cole/CBC) 

Courtesy CBC News Toronto 

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