The disappearance of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen is worrying and I share in the community's ongoing concern for their wellbeing. Each of these men are friends and family to many and we are all praying for their safe return.
I was pleased to hear from Toronto Police on Friday that there are dedicated officers working to solve the cases of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen. While no evidence has yet been found to connect any missing persons cases from the Village over the last seven years, members of the community are concerned and are looking for answers. These dedicated resources provide some assurance that the necessary work is being done. Along with the encouraging news that several missing persons cases have been solved, we are seeing better communication from the Police and hope that this carries forward.
Safety in the LGBTQ2S+ community is an ongoing concern for many. This is a theme that emerged in the two safety meetings and four safety walks I held with City staff and community members in the Church-Wellesley Village this year. In going over issues with Public Health, the Toronto Police Service, Parks Ambassadors, Streets to Homes, and Community Crisis Response, we identified many items that require ongoing community organizing and service improvements. We have a tradition of caring for one another and this is an important time to come together – to provide support and make our community spaces safer.
The most important thing we can do for Andrew and Selim, at this time, is make sure that the Police have all of the information they need to advance their investigations. Anyone with information regarding either Andrew Kinsman or Selim Esen is strongly encouraged to contact the police (416-808-5100) or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers (416-222-8477).