U of T student still missing

Three weeks have passed and Abu-Ubaida Atieque, 21, is still missing.

The University of Toronto at Scarborough engineering student was last seen on Nov. 18 at 8 a.m. in the Neilson Road and Sheppard Avenue East area, on his way to school.

Since then, nothing.

Abu-Abaida Atieque, 21, has been missing since Nov. 18. The University of Toronto student was last seen in the Neilson Rd.
and Sheppard Ave. area.
Photo courtesy of the Toronto Police Service.

“We are still trying to find him,” said Atieque’s father, Mohammed Atieque, from his Scarborough home on Dec. 4. “We are asking the community to support us in the search of our son.”

Family, friends, and other volunteers gathered on Nov. 28 to search the surrounding areas where the 21-year-old was last seen, but turned up no clues. Further searches are expected to be carried out in the coming weeks.

Police say Atieque suffers from depression.

“He is without his medication and we are very concerned for his safety,” says Detective Stan Bydal of 42 Division. “He has never gone missing before.”

A Facebook group, Missing Person – Abu-Ubaida Atieque, has been set up with information regarding the search to find the missing student, described as 5 foot 7 inches and 165 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket, black pants, and brown shoes.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).


  1. I was working with him and remember Abu as bright, smart and happy guy.
    No even small sign of the depression was seen.
    Probably wrong place and wrong time ….

  2. Abu is a great friend. He recently had knee surgery and could not mobilize himself to classes so he ended up dropping the semester until he rehabs. I met and spoke to him the week before he dropped and he seemed fine and wasnt complaining about anything. This whole disappearance is very odd of him and suicide was certainly not an option for him. We pray he returns safely…

  3. And there is no facebook group of the sort. I find this whole missing man thing a little odd myself. There is no information, the search seems to have ended, no reports, no updates… just odd!

  4. Can’t help but think they are plotting something against this kid, or someone did something wrong with him. As long as his grades people said he was a good student, very humble and polite.

    So i can’t see why he would be suffering from depression.

    There are no active groups looking for him, seems like they are blocked. And Its a little frustrating to know that there were no updates on news or from police after Nov 27th, seriously, are you kidding us?

    People have the right to know what is happening, if he is back, LET US KNOW.
    If there is any more development, LET US KNOW.

    You don’t ask for help and disappear.

  5. The facts that he is a student and suffered from depression point to Subliminal Distraction exposure as the cause of his disappearance. There is a long list of missing college students in the United States. There have been others go missing in Canada. VisionAndPsychosis, a psychology project on the Internet, proposes that a simple problem of human physiology is responsible.

    Subliminal Distraction is explained in college psychology as a normal feature of the physiology of sight. It was discovered as a problem when it caused mental breaks for office workers. Depression and thoughts of suicide are some of the possible symptoms of this exposure. Fear and paranoia causing the subject to attempt escape and run away is another. If that is the case he would have some level of amnesia and might be hiding.

    These victims have recovered and returned. Ahmad Arain, UCLA, was gone six weeks. Matthew Wilson, Rice, was found after eight months in Berkley California.

    Schools are unaware of Subliminal Distraction’s potential problem and students are not warned. A simple precaution would prevent exposure. The Cubicle was designed to deal with the vision startle reflex to prevent it. A library carrel is full Cubicle Level Protection.

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