03/01/2012 06:37 EST | Updated 05/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Mariam Makhniashvili's Mother Gets Toronto Police Call After Body Found


TORONTO - The mother of missing Toronto girl Mariam Makhniashvili says she's been contacted by police after a body was found in the city.

Lela Tabidze says she had a short conversation with police to warn her that she "might get some news."

She added that police urged her, "not to get too upset, and wait for the results" of forensic tests.

Human remains were found in a wooded area near Yonge Street and the 401 and police are on the scene with a forensics team.

Mariam Makhniashvili was 17 when she disappeared after arriving at Forest Hill Collegiate on Sept. 14, 2009.

The only solid clue was the discovery of her backpack and some school books in a parking lot the following month.

The Makhniashvili family, originally from the Republic of Georgia, had only been in Toronto for three months when their daughter disappeared.

The parents lived in Los Angeles for five years before moving to Toronto, while Mariam and her brother lived with their grandparents in Georgia.

Her father, Vakhtang Makhniashvili, pleaded guilty last year to three counts of aggravated assault and was sentenced to six years in prison.

The charges followed two separate stabbing incidents, one involving a neighbour and the other a couple who had posted his bail.