The body of missing York University student Zabia Afzal has been discovered in Niagara Region following a month-long search. Her death is not considered suspicious, police confirmed on June 19.
York Regional Police received information from Niagara Regional Police Service that a body was found in the water on June 15. A post-mortem examination confirmed the remains were of Afzal. The 30-year-old doctoral student and community activist from Vaughan was last seen on May 10 near Ashbridges Bay in Toronto, prompting a search by family, friends and both York and Toronto police.
Volunteers set up social media campaigns on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #FindZabia. “The family is deeply appreciative of everyone’s efforts in trying to locate Zabia,” the Find Zabia Facebook page reads. “You have left an impact on their lives with your enormous show of concern and commitment. Please keep them in your prayers and please respect their need for privacy during this difficult time.”
One friend remembered Afzal as an “outstanding classmate,” while another said “she touched so many with her work.” Some of those who posted condolences didn’t know Afzal but were “inspired by her life.” Funeral services were scheduled for June 19.