Toronto Sun

Monday, September 30, 2002

Hunt on for dad, daughter


Police fear a five-year-old girl has been smuggled out of the country by her father, leaving behind his wife and teenaged son.

Abdul Hossein Nakhlestani, 41, was last seen on Saturday at Canada's Wonderland with his daughter, Kiana, and his 16-year-old son.

He dropped his son off at the Main St. subway station around 6 p.m. and told him to head home while he went to buy a toy for Kiana, police say.

Later yesterday, police say, Nakhlestani phoned a friend from the Netherlands saying he was heading back to his homeland of Iran from where the family emigrated two years ago.

"We have received information he was overseas in the last 24 hours," Det. Glen Cecile of 42 Division said.

"I felt something might happen to her but nothing like this," Kiana's tearful mother told reporters yesterday.

Abdul Hossein Nakhlestani is described as 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, wears glasses and has a chip in an upper tooth. He wore navy blue pants, a white long-sleeve shirt and black shoes at the time of the alleged abduction.

His daughter Kiana is 3-foot-5, with long, black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a green long-sleeve shirt, navy pants with a Barbie logo, red fleece jacket and white runners with a Barbie logo.

Anyone with information should contact police at 416-808-4204 or CrimeStoppers at 416-222-TIPS.

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