Ottawa – Ottawa police continue to investigate the disappearance of a Shopify executive who went missing in Ottawa, and his family say they are not giving up hope.

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Brett O’Grady, 35, was reported missing on Thursday, October 14, 2021. He was last seen in the Avro Circle area in the east end. An extensive police search of a Shopify executive was conducted over the weekend with the help of volunteers.

However, Brett O’Grady’s father, Gord O’Grady, told Granthshala Ottawa’s Graham Richardson on Newstalk 580 CFRA on Monday afternoon that the police search was suspended on Sunday night.


“Police stopped the search operation in a particular area in the forest near his house as they don’t think he is in this area anymore,” he said. “So, they have suspended the search. They are continuing the investigation. Now we are relying more on the media and the public, hopefully, to find him.”

Gord O’Grady told Granthshala News Ottawa on Sunday that the family is offering a $10,000 reward for suggestions that help find Brett.

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In a press release, Ottawa police described him as a Caucasian man, 5 foot-8 (173 cm) tall, medium-sized, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with the Purple Wolf logo, dark jeans and dark blue shoes. It was also believed that he was riding a red and black pure fix cycle.

O’Grady is Head of Treasury and Risk at Shopify. In a statement, a company spokesperson said they are hoping he will be found safe.

“We are deeply concerned to hear that Brett has been reported missing by his family and we look forward to his safe return. We are doing everything we can to support the search effort and contact Ottawa Police.” For any information request.” spokesman said.

Police said on Sunday afternoon that members of the Emergency Services Unit were deployed to assist in the search on Friday evening after police received some investigative leads. The search was focused on a wooded area near the Aviation Parkway and the Ottawa River.

‘Just come home’: Family and friends preach in the city

“We need help from the community to see if anyone has seen him, if anyone has any clues,” said Becky O’Grady, the wife of Brett O’Grady.

Family and friends set up a command center at O’Grady’s home, and groups were dispatched across town to hand over passengers and photographs of the missing 35-year-old.

Gord O’Grady said, “So many people here, maybe 100 people here yesterday and then today, are getting directions from Mike on where to go.” “They handed out 2,600 flyers yesterday and we’re expanding it east and west in and out of the city.”

O’Grady’s family says they want Brett to come home, “no questions asked.”

“We’re just lost as to why he would do this and where he might be,” said Gord O’Grady.

Becky O’Grady said, “We want you to come home, we love you, everyone here loves you. Just come home.”

Emergency responders were installed in the area of ​​Sir George-tienne Cartier Parkway, Polaris Avenue, Ottawa River and Aviation Parkway on Sunday. The police operation included water and shoreline searches and the use of drones.

Gord O’Grady said Monday that searches began over the weekend after a neighbor found Brett’s bicycle in the woods on Friday.

“That was the starting point. The police could have mobilized investigative teams, emergency services units, dog teams, etc,” he said. “They now believe based on their experience and the area they searched in this neighborhood that they’ve done their extensive search and they can’t continue because the search area is too wide. What they need is another starting point. Last Friday The cycle was the starting point. Now, they need another lead.”

Anyone with information about Brett O’Grady’s current whereabouts is asked to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222.

If you have information that may assist investigators, but do not know where it is currently, please contact Missing Persons Unit 613-236-1222, Extn. 2355, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

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