Toronto Police have launched a major missing persons investigation into the cases of three men who disappeared from the Church and Wellesley area between 2010 and 2012.

Officers from 51 Division fanned out across the busy downtown neighbourhood Thursday, handing out flyers with information about the three cases.

They hope that canvassing area businesses and residences will turn up new leads that will point them to the whereabouts of:

  • Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam, 40, who was last seen leaving Zippers nightclub on Carlton St. on Sept. 6, 2010. Friends said he had recently bought a puppy, and it was out of character for him to leave the dog behind. Navaratnam’s identification, money and laptop were also left behind in his apartment.
  • Abdulbasir “Basir” Faizi, 42, who was reported missing to Peel Police on Dec. 29, 2010. Faizi was last seen leaving a restaurant in the Church and Wellesley area. His car was later found about four kilometres from the neighbourhod.
  • Majeed “Hamid” Kayhan, 59, lived in the Church and Wellesley area and was last seen by his son on Oct. 14, 2012.

Eight detectives have been working the case since last December. While the lead detective would not comment on whether police believe a serial killer may be at work, the homicide squad is monitoring the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to called 51 Division or Crime Stoppers.

With a report from CTV Toronto’s Tamara Cherry