Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Hamza Alsharief has not been heard from by friends or family members since December 14th, 2011. The last time Alsharief was seen was also December 14, when he left his downtown apartment. When police searched his apartment, they discovered his passport, his wallet and one of his two cell phones.
Originally from Saudi Arabia, Alsharief is a student studying at the University of Saskatchewan. Alsharief was a third-year chemical engineering student who had received a scholarship from a Saudi Arabian chemical company to study in Canada. Alsharief seemed to be doing well and did not appear to be under excessive academic stress.
A shy and quiet person, Alsharief liked to keep to himself and was mainly seen either on campus studying or at the Saudi Students’ Association socials, where he enjoyed playing soccer. He was friendly and well-liked. He had no known enemies.
While foul play is not suspected at this time, family members say it is unusual that he has had no contact with them recently. The most common theory in Alsharief’s disappearance is that he fell into the frigid South Saskatchewan River while out on one of his many walks along the riverbank. Residents of Saskatoon and the surrounding area conducted a riverbank search February 4 but nothing was found. A passerby on the CP Railway bridge found a brown winter jacket that resembled the one that Alsharief commonly wore on Feb. 9 and hung it on a tree behind the Education Building. Police were unable to confirm that the jacket belonged to Alsharief but it has also not been ruled out. The Saudi Arabian embassy hired an American search crew that uses sonar and dog teams to locate bodies underwater. They searched for Alsharief in the South Saskatchewan River but found nothing.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Saskatoon Police Service
National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains