Missing woman's husband pleads for her return
Jun 15, 2011 ? 1:41 PM ET | Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011 6:33 PM ET
Missing person Fang Lin.
There was nothing particularly special or memorable about Ruo Zhao Wei's last telephone call with his wife; he describes it as just a normal conversation.
Yet their April 13 exchange may have been the last time Fang Lin would ever speak to her husband. The 40-year-old Markham woman, described by police as a gambling high-roller, disappeared without a trace a week later.
On Wednesday, as York Regional Police acknowledged Ms. Lin may have met with foul play, Mr. Wei issued a plea for any information that could lead to her safe return.
?She?s been missing for a long time now and there?s no other leads, and I really hope people will come forth with information, Mr. Wei said through the assistance of a Chinese translator.
Mr. Wei, appearing calm, described his wife as a kind and very outgoing woman.
I'm getting worried about her, he said.
Though the couple have been married approximately five years, they were living separately at the time of Ms. Lin?s disappearance. Mr. Wei, who resides in Mississauga, said this arrangement was in place because of his job, but would not elaborate.
Mr. Wei was baffled as to what may have befallen Ms. Lin who police described as a frequent gambler well known in the VIP sections of Ontario and Quebec casinos but acknowledged her lifestyle may have played a role.
?Obviously I know that the gambling lifestyle, there could be danger, he said.
When Ms. Lin disappeared, she left a sum of cash inside her rented condominium, and has not touched her bank accounts or used her cellphone since. Her purple Porsche Cayenne was located outside a Richmond Hill commercial plaza, but there were no signs of a struggle.
Mr. Lin's 14-year-old son from a previous relationship was living with her at the time, and is now in the care of a guardian, police said.
?The son has become very quiet and doesn't like to talk since his mom went missing,Mr. Wei said. Ms. Lin also has a brother in China who has been trying to come to Canada since she vanished.
Last week, York police announced the homicide unit had taken control of the investigation.
Police and family are concerned for Ms. Lin's well-being, as she has not had any contact with family or friends, Detective Sergeant Larry Wilson said Wednesday, noting police believe Ms. Lin did not disappear on her own accord.
In addition to her gambling habits, Ms. Lin who was unemployed also acted as a private lender, loaning money to business associates. But there is no information of any type of disagreements or any type of arguments over funds, Det. Sgt. Wilson said.
Police describe Ms. Lin as Chinese with a light complexion, 5-foot-3, 119 pounds, a thin build, shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black sweater and black skirt.
?If she is safe, I'll be very happy, Mr. Wei said.