Fri, August 18, 2006
By MAX MAUDIE and AJAY BHARDWAJ, Staff writers
police have called off their search for Robert Barrington Leigh Friday,
family and friends vowed to keep hunting for the missing 20-year-old
“It is a bit disappointing,” said Barrington Leigh’s older
sister, Rosalind Barrington Craggs, 34, who came from Vancouver to look
for her brother.
“But I understand their point of view,” added Barrington Craggs.
The search for 20-year-old Robert will enter its sixth day Saturday.
Police took over the search Thursday, setting up a command post
in the Mill Creek area, a few blocks from the Barrington Leigh home.
But with no new leads, there’s nothing more they can do on the
ground, said police spokesman Lisa Lammi, adding it was a “tough
decision” to call it quits at 4 p.m.
“Until you get other information to lead you in another
direction, I mean, we could be scouring the whole city. That’s just not
She said cops deal with 7,000 missing persons cases a year.
However, Barrington Leigh’s disappearance will remain an active police investigation, Lammi said.
“This is still very much an active and open file,” she said, adding police have received “numerous” tips.
While police are scaling back, Barrington’s Leigh’s family and
friends aren’t giving up. They plan to plaster posters of Robert at Tim
Hortons restaurants and in Yellow Cabs.
They also want to talk to bus drivers to see if Barrington
Leigh took a bus out of town. His passport remains at home and the
family figures he didn’t have the cash to get far, anyway.
His girlfriend flew in from Italy Friday to participate in the search.
Barrington Leigh, a University of Toronto math scholar who was
home for a summer visit, hopped on his Raleigh mountain bike Sunday
night around 10:30 p.m. to meet friends at the folk festival.
He hasn't been seen since and the only communication from him
was a text message he sent to his girlfriend in Italy the night he
His credit card and bank account haven’t been touched and there's been no activity from his cellphone, police said.
A website has been set up at www.findrobert.ca.
One of Barrington Leigh’s professors spoke glowingly of the prized pupil.
“We expect him to go on to graduate studies at one of the
world’s top universities and to have a brilliant career,” said Edward
He has won top awards at the University and in several international mathematics competitions.
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