Human remains found at Hamilton park identified as Toronto man abducted 2 years ago

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Jammar Allison, 26, was abducted on June 1, 2018 at 10 p.m. from a parking lot near Rexdale Boulevard and Highway 427, according to police. (Toronto Police Service)
Jammar Allison, 26, was abducted on June 1, 2018 at 10 p.m. from a parking lot near Rexdale Boulevard and Highway 427, according to police. (Toronto Police Service)

Human remains found in a park near an industrial area of Hamilton have been identified as a Toronto man who investigators say was abducted more than two years ago.

Jammar Allison, 26, was taken from a parking lot on Rexdale Boulevard in Toronto on June 21, 2018. Police now say he was the victim of a homicide.

Investigators believe he was abducted by three unknown suspects who used a black Dodge Caravan, Hamilton Police Service says.

Toronto police investigated his disappearance as a kidnapping for the past two years, according to their counterparts in Hamilton.

Police in Toronto said Allison's family paid a ransom for his return, but after a few hours, his kidnappers stopped responding.

Omar Allison, the victim's twin brother, previously said he had left him just moments before the abduction and that he tried to chase the abductors at one point.

"They waited for traffic, waited to lose me, and then I lost them," he told CBC during an interview in July 2018. "That's probably something that will haunt me for the rest of my life."

At the time, Allison's family was pleading with the public for help.

"The unknown is not going to be OK," said Omar. "We need closure."

On Monday Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk with the Hamilton police major crime unit, said Allison's family is extremely upset and asking for privacy so they can start trying to heal.

"They certainly were holding out hope ... for the past two years, hoping maybe he would reappear," he said.

"For them to find out that Jammar has in fact been murdered was absolutely crushing for the family."

Bone found in Hamilton

Bereziuk said police can't say specifically where Allison was killed. They're still working to determine if there's a Hamilton connection to his death besides the fact his body was placed here.

A single bone was found by a citizen in Hamilton's Windermere Basin Park in October 2019 and detectives carried out an investigation.

Bereziuk said a cadaver dog searched the park at that time, but no other remains were found and the bone didn't have any signs of trauma.

The bone was sent to the Centre for Forensic Sciences, but the identity of the person couldn't be determined.

Then, on Oct. 6, 2020, police were called to another area of the park where more human remains had been discovered.

Supplied by Hamilton Police Service
Supplied by Hamilton Police Service

Bereziuk described the park as a nature-style park near the Skyway Bridge with long reeds and marshy areas.

"This is somewhat of an isolated ... desolate park," he said. "I have to believe that whoever's put Jamar there had some familiarity with the area because it's a park that's in an industrial part of town."

Those remains were also sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for testing, including dental records, which identified them as Allison.

Police would not say how they believe Allison was killed. They're also working to determine a motive.

Bereziuk said drugs have been probed as a possible angle. Investigators are also looking at a clothing brand Allison was involved in launching before his death.

"In any investigation you want to gather evidence as quickly as possible, so the fact we have human remains in this case does make things challenging," said Bereziuk. "However, there's still evidence to work with… obviously finding Jammar was a big piece of this puzzle."

Investigators in Hamilton have received the Toronto police file on the case and are beginning to pore through it, said the detective.

"If somebody out there does know something we're pleading for those people to come forward," said Bereziuk.

"It's been two years. It's time to hold the people accountable for what they did to Jammar."

The major crime unit is continuing to investigate and is asking anyone with information to contact them or Crime Stoppers.