Toronto Police Exhaust Leads in Search for Morgan Stanley Trader

Morgan Stanley Adviser Murray Abbott
Murray Abbott, a Morgan Stanley adviser, has been missing for more than a week and was last heard from on April 25 in eastern Toronto. Source: Toronto Police Service via Bloomberg

Toronto police said they’re running out of leads to pursue in the case of a missing Morgan Stanley sales trader who disappeared from his neighborhood along the shore of Lake Ontario more than a week ago.

Murray Abbott, 36, is a “family man” who lives in the affluent Beaches area in the eastern part of the city, Detective David Yarmoluk of the Toronto Police Service said Tuesday. Abbott’s friends first contacted police about his disappearance on April 27.

“We’ve conducted massive searches, friends have put up posters and we’ve tried looking at video in the area, we’ve gone door-to-door, we’ve searched backyards, we’ve searched the lake,” Yarmoluk said in a phone interview. “We’ve exhausted all the investigative ends.”

Abbott, described as white, 6-foot-1 with a stocky build and brown receding hair, was last heard from on April 25 at 10:30 p.m. near Queen Street East and Leuty Avenue, where he was with a friend, Yarmoluk said. Police said in an April 28 statement that they’re concerned for his safety.

Morgan Stanley is cooperating with the investigation, Jim Wiggins, a spokesman for the New York-based bank, said Monday. Abbott is a vice president in the capital markets group of the firm’s Canadian wealth-management division, Wiggins said. He joined in 2010 and earlier worked at Blackmont Capital Inc., a Toronto-based brokerage.

“We’re at a dead-end,” Yarmoluk said. “We’re hoping for some breaks.”

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