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Missing| Hamza Alsharief| Dec 14/2011
« on: January 03, 2012, 02:05:13 PM »
http://www.police.saskatoon.sk.ca/index.php?page_id=headline&loc=headlines.php&news_id=2011837

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Date: December 21, 2011 10:50 AMRelease Number: 2011837
Released By: Alyson EdwardsOccurrence Number: 11-120088
Subject: Missing Person - Request For Public Assistance

The Saskatoon Police Service is requesting public assistance in locating a missing 23 year old male.

Hamza Alsharief has not been heard from by friends or family members since December 14th, 2011. Originally from Saudi Arabia, Alsharief is a student studying at the University of Saskatchewan. While foul play is not suspected at this time, family members say it is unusual that he has had no contact with them recently.

Alsharief is described as 5'8" in height, with a slim build, short to medium length dark brown hair, possibly with facial hair below his lower lip (soul patch). He wears a brown winter coat.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hamza Alsharief is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Re: Missing| Hamza Alsharief| Dec 14/2011
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 09:11:36 AM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2012/02/04/sk-search-saskatoon-120204.html

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A search team was at the South Saskatchewan River on Saturday. (Ryan Pilon/CBC)
A search for a missing University of Saskatchewan student focused on the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon on Saturday.

Police told CBC News that the search and rescue team was looking for Hamza Alsharief.

An official with the Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services department said their water rescue people joined volunteer members of a ground search and rescue team working on an area of the river around Lenore Drive.

Battalion Chief Jim Lindsay said searchers wanted to take advantage of the mild weather.

Family and friends say it is unusual they have not heard from Hamza Alsharief. (Submitted to CBC)
"At this time of year, that portion of the river is normally frozen over," Lindsay explained. "The search was intended to look for possible indicators that may result in locating Hamza Alsharief."

The ground team searched both banks of the river while the water rescue team searched the surface of the river.

"The search lasted about six hours and nothing was found," Lindsay added.

Saskatoon police have been asking for anyone with information about Alsharief, 23, to contact them.

"Alsharief has not been heard from by friends or family members since Dec. 14," police said in news release.

"While foul play is not suspected at this time, family members say it is unusual that he has had no contact with them recently."
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Re: Missing| Hamza Alsharief| Dec 14/2011
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 11:00:46 AM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2012/02/09/sk-missing-man-jacket-120209.html

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A jacket has been found that may have belonged to a missing University of Saskatchewan student.

Hamza Alsharief, 23, has not been heard from since Dec. 14.

On Thursday, police in Saskatoon said they now have a clue in the case: a jacket that seems to match one that Alsharief has worn.

It was found by a passerby on the CP train bridge, north of Saskatoon's downtown area.

"Even if we can't determine 100 per cent that that was in fact the jacket Mr. Alsharief had, at least we're able to narrow down a little bit where he might have been," Alyson Edwards, a spokeswoman for the police, said Thursday.

Police have said they do not believe foul play is associated with his disappearance.

Alsharief, an engineering student from Saudi Arabia, was known to take walks along the riverbank.

His passport, wallet and one of his two cell phones were left behind in his downtown Saskatoon apartment.

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Re: Missing| Hamza Alsharief| Dec 14/2011
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012, 11:14:47 AM »
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Re: Missing| Hamza Alsharief| Dec 14/2011
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2012, 05:47:36 PM »
Students often find their University courses extremely difficult, in particular Engineering.  If one is a foreign student, very often it is important that they succeed. Living in a foreign country can be a lonely existence.  I am not saying that this is the case of this young man.  But I do wonder.
The fact that he left his cell phone, wallet, and passport etc at his apartment is alarming to me.  Especially the jacket left on the train bridge (should it turn out that it is his). If it was his, why would he remove it in December?

Police are presently saying that foul play is not suspected.  This in itself could be revealing.

I hope that he turns up, safe and sound very soon!!

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Re: Missing| Hamza Alsharief| Dec 14/2011
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2012, 04:50:45 PM »
It's been a year and still no sign of this young man.  I'm not sure I understand the police stance on offering a reward?  The latest news article...

No new leads in case of Saudi student who vanished in Saskatoon a year ago
The Canadian Press
Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:21:00 CST

SASKATOON - A year has passed and still not much is known about a University of Saskatchewan student from Saudi Arabia who mysteriously disappeared in Saskatoon.

Except for a jacket found on the city's Train Bridge, Hamza Alsharief seemingly vanished without a trace last December.

The Saudi Arabian government has been heavily involved in the search for Alsharief, hiring a private detective and funding a search of the South Saskatchewan River.

"The police have told us consistently there's no evidence of foul play, and the private detective hasn't found any evidence of foul play," said Gar Knutson, lawyer for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Ottawa.

"The police have been extremely transparent in their investigation."

He said the top theory right now is that Alsharief fell into the river.

"But people that know rivers and bodies say that normally a body would have shown up by now. So it's still an extremely unusual and puzzling case," said Knutson.

The 23-year-old had just finished writing his final exams for his third year of chemical engineering. His sister Laila Alsharief said she spoke to her brother on the phone just days before he went missing.

She had been studying in Waterloo and was Alsharief's only family member in Canada. Knutson said Laila recently moved back to Saudi Arabia and is "devastated" by her brother's disappearance.

Knutson also said the family was considering offering a reward, but police advised against it to eliminate any bogus leads.

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Re: Missing| Hamza Alsharief| Dec 14/2011
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2012, 06:23:34 PM »
Hamza went missing in Dec of last year, cold for students/visitors from the mid east who aren't accustomed  to our weather. I very much doubt he would have discarded his jacket.

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"The police have told us consistently there's no evidence of foul play, and the private detective hasn't found any evidence of foul play," said Gar Knutson, lawyer for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Ottawa.

That doesn't mean there isn't foul play. There is still a lot of anti feelings towards people from the mid east (those who are little educated). He could easily have been abducted by a group of men and done away with elsewhere, leaving no signs of foul play. The WBP is prevalent in Saskatoon.

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Re: Missing| Hamza Alsharief| Dec 14/2011
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2017, 05:33:18 PM »
He left his cell phone and wallet with id at campus.  The river runs fast and deep, even in winter. (underneath the ice) His remains could be miles away from Saskatoon, either washed up on a isolated shore, or ended up being caught under dead wood along the banks, miles away from the city.

We have a few cases of this very thing happening on our site.

The river in Saskatoon is the South Saskatchewan River.

http://www.southsaskriverstewards.ca/the-south-saskatchewan-river-basin.html

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In total, the South Saskatchewan River receives runoff from 120 000 km2 of Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan portion of the river is approximately 720 km long.



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