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Title: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: discus on December 11, 2012, 09:23:46 PM
Perth mother desperately searches for daughter missing on Vancouver Island
 
 
BY ZEV SINGER, OTTAWA CITIZEN DECEMBER 11, 2012 10:03 PM
 
 
 http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Perth+mother+desperately+searches+daughter+missing+Vancouver+Island/7684492/story.html

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Facebook photo of Emma Fillipoff, 26, of Perth, who has gone missing on Vancouver Island. She was last seen Nov. 18 in Victoria. A Facebook page has been set up to try to help find her.
OTTAWA — Two weeks ago, Shelley Fillipoff put everything on hold and flew from Ottawa to Victoria, B.C., where, day by day, she searches the city streets. She plans to stay there until she finds her daughter.

Fillipoff, an elementary school teacher at the Queen Elizabeth School in Perth, took the trip after a series of phone calls she received from her daughter, Emma, 26.

Emma was in a fragile emotional state and was living in a women’s shelter. With a history of mental illness in the family, her mother was worried.

Over the course of five days, her phone calls home alternated between asking for help and pushing it away.

“For every phone call that said, ‘I need your help. Would you come?’ There was at least one that followed that said, ‘No, no, please don’t. Let me do this by myself, Mum. I need to figure things out.’ And I respected that.”

But to the mother’s ear, the last call seemed different. On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 28, Shelley heard something in her daughter’s voice that led her to a decision. She lied and promised not to come, then she bought a plane ticket. Her daughter needed her.

At 11:00 that night she arrived at the Sandy Merriman House, but was told Emma had left the shelter five hours earlier.

Shelley couldn’t find her, and she has not been seen since. All of her possessions, however, including her laptop, her passport and recently borrowed library books, were found inside the 20-year-old Mazda Emma drove.

Emma, who trained and has worked as a chef, has no history of disappearing, no criminal record and no history with drugs.

Yet, staff at the shelter told Shelley they feared Emma could be a danger to herself.

Shelley said she is staying focused on her search, not on thinking about what might be.

“I can’t sit, I can’t sleep, I can’t eat,” she said. “What am I going to do? I have to look for her. That’s the bottom line: I’m going to find her. I’m going to make sure she’s safe. I don’t know that I’m always positive, but I’m always positive that my love for her is undying and that we as a family can’t be without one of ours.

“I can’t be without one of my kids, so I’m going to find her.”

So, every day she works to build her network of people who know Emma or who might be in a position to cross paths with her. She talks regularly with the Victoria police, updates the Help us find Emma Fillipoff page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HelpUsFindEmmaFillipoff, and she distributes flyers with her daughter’s picture.

“I’m working with everybody here,” she said.

Emma, whose often-braided hair reached below her waist, is described as sensitive, shy, artistic and dreamy. She is five-foot-five and somewhere around 100 pounds.

Shelley Fillipoff said she has set no time limit on the search for her daughter.

“My search is going to be until I find her safe.”

zsinger@ottawacitizen.com">zsinger@ottawacitizen.com

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Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: leonagleant on December 11, 2012, 09:36:33 PM
I wonder what Emma was doing at a women's homeless shelter. Was she travelling, without money, fleeing an abusive relationship? Difficult to be looking for a fragile missing daughter at this time of year.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on December 11, 2012, 10:47:09 PM
Emma Fillipoff has gone missing on Vancouver Island. She was last seen Nov. 18 in Victoria.

click to enlarge photo

Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on January 02, 2013, 02:08:15 PM
I'm hoping Emma will be found safe, but at this point it is not looking good. My thoughts are with her mother as she continues to search.   


Perth woman faces difficult choice in her search for missing daughter
 
By Zev Singer, Ottawa Citizen January 2, 2013 1:49 PM
   

OTTAWA — Shelley Fillipoff, the Perth woman who has been searching the streets of Victoria, B.C. for her missing daughter for the last five weeks, is now facing the awful decision of whether to continue her search on the west coast or come home.

Emma Fillipoff, 26, has been missing since Nov. 28. Those who know Emma in Victoria believe that at the time of her disappearance she was in danger of taking her own life, but her mother has searched on, combing the city for even the smallest clue.

Emma, a trained chef, had been in a fragile emotional state and was living in a shelter. Shelley told the Citizen in mid-December that she decided to fly to Victoria after a series of phone calls in which her daughter alternated between asking for help and pushing it away.

“For every phone call that said, ‘I need your help. Would you come?’ there was at least one that followed that said, ‘No, no, please don’t. Let me do this by myself, Mum. I need to figure things out.’ And I respected that,” Shelley said in December.

On Nov. 28, after hearing a change her daughter’s voice, she decided that her daughter needed her. She lied, promising Emma she wouldn’t come, but then bought a plane ticket.

At 11 that night she arrived at the Sandy Merriman House, but was told Emma had left the shelter five hours earlier.

Shelley couldn’t find her, and Emma has not been seen since. All of her possessions, however, including her laptop, her passport and recently borrowed library books, were found inside the 20-year-old Mazda Emma drove.

Emma has no previous history of disappearing, no criminal record and no history with drugs.

When Shelley got to Victoria, she worked hard to set up a network of people who know Emma and to carefully record all leads and follow them up. She has worked with the police and has been postering the city. Strangers have stepped forward to help — the Citizen story in December alone was shared on Facebook more than 4,000 times.

But by now, after five weeks of daily searching and co-ordinating, the leads have been exhausted.

“We have nothing, we have absolutely nothing,” Shelley said Tuesday night from Victoria. “We have no leads, we have no clues. We just don’t know what’s happened.”

Shelley didn’t come home to Perth for the holidays.

“I spent Christmas in bed,” she said.

And what’s really tough, she said, is the choice she’s headed for.

“I know that I’m going to have to make a decision one of these days, to go home — because nothing’s happening here,” she said.

What keeps her there is the knowledge that when a lead does turn up, she is able to respond and follow up more quickly than the police can. She doesn’t mean that as a criticism; the police have a whole city to take care of, while she has only this one all-consuming, full-time pursuit.

Her actual job, as an elementary school teacher, has like the rest of her life been on hold. She says her principal has been very supportive, but she knows there will be a limit to how long the situation can last.

“People have pointed out to me at some point I might be facing having to sell my house or something, I suppose. I don’t know. To be honest, I don’t know. I just focus on Emma. I don’t really think in terms of anything but finding Emma.”

She said that while she takes into account that she has other adult children back home that she wants to be with, she doesn’t want money to be a factor in the search for her daughter.

“I can’t allow that to interfere,” she said.

She said she hates the idea of giving up on Emma.

“It’s going to be a very hard decision. It’s going to be a very hard thing for me to do to leave here, because I feel like I’m leaving her.”

She said she will probably give herself another few weeks before she comes back. Yet, even if she does, she is not giving up on the idea that Emma will be found.

“I have to stay optimistic. I don’t have a choice ... I don’t have the ability to go anywhere else. I don’t have the emotional ability or strength to go anywhere down a road that’s not optimistic.”

The Facebook page that co-ordinates the search for Emma can be found at: facebook.com/HelpFindEmmaFillipoff.

zsinger@ottawacitizen.com

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ottawa/Perth+woman+faces+difficult+choice+search+missing+daughter/7765712/story.html (http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ottawa/Perth+woman+faces+difficult+choice+search+missing+daughter/7765712/story.html)

Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: leonagleant on January 05, 2013, 09:30:45 PM
If Emma did commit suicide, it amazes me how someone can commit suicide in an urban area and not be found. But it wouldn't be the first time. I also wonder why she left her car in the parking lot of a nice hotel downtown?
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: cana_nomad on January 10, 2013, 07:36:37 PM
Could it be schizophrenia?  the onset is sudden and begins with a complete mental break.  I wish her mother had indicated if it was this specific disease that runs in the family.  Although schizophrenia is a neurological disorder, not a mental illness, many refer to it as such.  That is the diagnosis I think of first when I read that she is suddenly staying in shelters.  If it were depression, for instance, she would be more likely to either come home or check into a hospital.  With schizophrenia, she would be paranoid of everything, espcially of seeing a doctor.  I wonder if this shelter was more of a drop-in place or a goal-setting type facility where they would do a specific discharge plan- then they would know at least where she intended to head off to. 
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on January 18, 2013, 03:35:56 PM
Thinking of Emma's mom as she continues the exhaustive search for her daughter. I have not read anything that says Shelly Fillipoff has returned to her home in Ottawa. 


Search for Emma Fillipoff spreads to the Inner Harbour

Posted on January 10, 2013 by cmclean by cmclean


VICTORIA – The Victoria Police Dive Team took to the waters of the Inner Harbour today, searching for Emma Fillipoff.

The 27-year-old has been missing since November 28th, and was last seen near the Empress Hotel. Her mother Shelley Fillipoff is holding out hope that her daughter will be found alive but knows time is running out.

Victoria Police say the dive was an evidence search, and that nothing was recovered, however they will continue to exhaust all leads.

If you have any information about Emma Fillipoff or her disappearance you’re asked to call Victoria Police at 250-995-7654.

http://www.ctvvancouverisland.ca/2013/01/search-for-emma-fillipoff-spreads-to-the-inner-harbour/ (http://www.ctvvancouverisland.ca/2013/01/search-for-emma-fillipoff-spreads-to-the-inner-harbour/)
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: jobo on January 18, 2013, 10:22:36 PM
Do ferries leave from the Empress Hotel area? 
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: leonagleant on January 18, 2013, 10:59:38 PM
Her car was actually found at the Chateau Victoria Hotel, which is several blocks from the Empress Hotel and not immediately adjacent to the waterfront. It's a nice hotel.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on January 19, 2013, 12:01:51 PM
This article is from January 9th. Emma remains missing.


41 days in, search continues for Emma Fillipoff

Posted on January 9, 2013 by cmclean by cmclean


VICTORIA – It has been 41 days since Emma Fillipoff vanished from the streets of Victoria. And it has been 41 days since her mother left her family, job, and life in Ontario behind, to search for her missing daughter.

The tips have slowed down, and so have the sightings. But Emma’s family and police are holding out hope she will be found alive.

Shelley, Emma’s mom, strongly believes her daughter is dealing with a mental illness, and Victoria Police think she may have gone into hiding.

A number of tips and sightings have come in from the Langford and Metchosin areas. Shelley is asking anyone with a shed or cabin to take a look inside, and see if Emma is hiding out.

For information and pictures of Emma, visit the ‘Help Find Emma Fillipoff’ page on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/helpfindemmafillipoff

http://www.ctvvancouverisland.ca/2013/01/41-days-in-search-continues-for-emma-fillipoff/ (http://www.ctvvancouverisland.ca/2013/01/41-days-in-search-continues-for-emma-fillipoff/)
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: Carriem on January 19, 2013, 05:15:35 PM
My heart goes out to Emma's mom and thier family, sending lots of positive thoughts, love and white light in hopes Emma is found soon.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: capeheart on January 20, 2013, 07:04:39 PM
The ferries go over to Seattle. I lived in Victoria for two years and did go a couple of times to the US. But at that time we didn't need a passport, but now you do. So if she didn't have her passport with her, it is not likely she could go there. And if her car was at a hotel, how come she was staying at a hostel. This story is confusing and excuse me, but I'm mixed up. Also, if her mom was so concerned about her not being able to care for herself, she shouldn't have encouraged her to go so far away. Victoria is a nice place, but there is danger in every city, if the right person runs into a person that is trusting. She may have met someone at that hotel and video surveillance should be called on to see if she was seen there. But someone may have left her car there also, it may not have been her. Maybe someone there would recogize her. :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: eyeswideopen on January 21, 2013, 12:00:19 AM
Cape , not sure that i have seen any where were it said her Mother encouraged her to go there ?  I was under the impression that this problems came up fairly recently, perhaps from the loss of a job etc. JMO
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: leonagleant on January 21, 2013, 09:05:06 PM
As Emma is 26, she would be making her own decisions, regardless of the advice from her mother. She kept telling her mother she could work out her problems on her own, so her mother was taking a wait and see approach.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: jellybean on January 21, 2013, 09:47:58 PM
Emma would not be the first person who went into hiding due to mental illness.  Let us hope that she is safe.
I would check all of the women's homeless shelters, hospitals, and have  city cops on the beat to watch  out for her, with pictures in hand.
Have her picture plastered all over the province.
A single search by the Mom in locating her is too great a task, impossible, to my mind.
A concerted effort by citizens is required to find her.
God Bless her Mother, and I wish from the bottom of my heart that her daughter will be returned to her safe and sound.

JB

JB
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on February 12, 2013, 11:08:49 AM
Emma is still missing.


Today marks day 65 in case of missing woman
 
By Sian Thomson, CAMPBELL RIVER COURIER-ISLANDER February 1, 2013

 
Former Campbell River resident Emma Fillipoff is still missing without a trace.

It is day 65 since Fillipoff was last seen in downtown Victoria. The 27-year-old woman hasn't been seen by anyone known to her since Nov. 28.

There were reports that she may have been returning to Campbell River where she has friends and where she used to work at the Royal Coachman Pub.

Emma is known to suffer from psychological issues, including depression. Police have said there's no indication of foul play in the case and are still making all possible efforts to find her. They continue to regard her disappearance as a high priority, but have run out of leads.

Fillipoff's bank account hasn't been accessed since she disappeared.

"We have no leads or information regarding her whereabouts or what happened to her. We've tracked down all tips and followed up on everything that came our way without result," says the facebook page "Help Find Emma Fillipoff ".

Her mother, Shelley Fillipoff, flew out from Ontario to look for Emma and has been in Victoria since Emma went missing. Shelley and dozens of volunteers have mounted hundreds of posters across Victoria and Vancouver Island. Shelley left for Vancouver this week to pursue other possible angles and make contact with other friends of Emma. She is reluctantly returning home to Ontario next week.

Searchers have said that they feel somebody knows something. On the facebook page the message reads "We encourage that person to put aside their loyalties and concerns and step forward.

"This is a perfect opportunity to do something that really makes a difference. Please, have courage! You can put a great deal of suffering to rest."

If you see Emma or think you have seen her, please call 911. There are also a number of anonymous ways to step forward.

Create a throw-away email address (Yahoo/Gmail/Hotmail etc.), and email Emma's mum directly at fillipoff@hotmail.com. People are asked to only use this email for tips and/or information regarding Emma.

Crime stoppers is completely anonymous, there's even a way to leave an anonymous tip on their website at http: //www.bccrimestoppers.com, or you can call them at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477). If you're particularly worried about privacy, use a payphone.


sthomson@courierislander.com

http://www.canada.com/Today+marks+case+missing+woman/7904331/story.html (http://www.canada.com/Today+marks+case+missing+woman/7904331/story.html)
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: eyeswideopen on February 12, 2013, 11:31:58 PM
This is sure not looking good , in my opinion . Sure hope this girl has signed her self in for some help with her problems and is safe.  Not accessing her money , supposing she had any, as I recall she was at a sheltter is very worrysome.  Truely hope she is safe.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: leonagleant on February 17, 2013, 09:25:56 PM
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/fillipoff-case-a-missing-woman-leaves-a-mysterious-trail-1.75659

Some of these details are new to me, such as police talking with Emma for 45 minutes just before she went missing.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on February 18, 2013, 11:16:41 AM
The disappearance of Emma Fillipoff leaves a mysterious trail through Victoria

Derek Spalding / Times Colonist
February 16, 2013
 
As a child, Emma Fillipoff kept some of her favourite things inside a pretty locked box. A flower petal or a rock might not mean much to others, but they had special value for the shy and sensitive girl growing up outside Ottawa.

Emma stood out from her three siblings, all outspoken and extremely competitive athletes. Emma never played sports; she loved dance class. She performed until she was 15, but gave it up when her coaches wanted her to compete.

Competition wasn’t her thing, said her mom, Shelley Fillipoff, who spent every day for more than two months in Victoria searching for her missing daughter.

Emma reportedly left a women’s shelter about 6 p.m. on Nov. 28. She was last seen more than an hour later, walking barefoot in front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Government Street.

A passerby saw her and called 911.

While Emma was talking to police in front of the Empress, Shelley was flying to Victoria to help her daughter move back to Ottawa.

Instead, when Shelley arrived just hours later, she began the long and gruelling hunt for her daughter. Unfortunately, Emma’s private nature left a sparse trail, making the search extremely difficult.

After two months of looking, on the morning of Feb. 5, Shelley flew home without her daughter.

“It’s time for me to go,” she said from her hotel room the night before she left.

“I don’t want to because it feels like I’m leaving her behind, but my other kids need me, too. It’s time.”

- - -

Shelley used a downtown hotel as her base during the search, which included every municipality in the region, other cities around Vancouver Island and many Gulf Islands.

Theories about Emma’s whereabouts changed almost daily in the beginning. At first, Shelley expected to find her daughter hanging out somewhere in the city.

Within the first 24 hours, Shelley walked through Beacon Hill Park and along the beaches near Dallas Road, because she had heard that was where her daughter liked to spend time.

“I thought I’d just come across her,” Shelley said.

“I thought she’d just be sitting there taking pictures or something.”

Emma was a trained photographer and chef, who became even more of a recluse as an adult.

Those who knew her in Victoria said she kept to herself and would share little about her life. She told people how much she loved her family, but rarely talked about them.

When she talked to her family, she revealed little about where she lived or worked.

Shelley knows that Emma had an apartment when she arrived in the fall of 2011. She held several jobs in the past year, including one at Red Fish Blue Fish, the seasonal seafood restaurant in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

“Emma has always been that way,” Shelley said. “She was always very private. But I think that might have gotten worse in recent years.”

Just days before she flew to Victoria, Shelley learned that her daughter was staying at Sandy Merriman House women’s shelter. Emma stayed there several times within an eight-month stretch. In total, she stayed about four months, usually a month at a time.

Emma was not in a good state of mind, her mother concluded after talking with people who saw her in the days before her disappearance.

“People said that in the last couple days, she was seen standing in the street so confused she couldn’t even get across the street,” Shelley said. “Everybody has ruled out drugs. Staff at Sandy Merriman, they deal with addicts all the time, and they said this was [most likely] a mental breakdown.”

There’s also an indication Emma could have been suffering from an eating disorder, which would not help her state of mind.

“It would appear she was trying to find her balance in the world, including finding ways to eat just enough to sustain herself,” Shelley said.

Emma’s behaviour in the days before she disappeared indicate she was planning to return to Ottawa.

The police investigation revealed she had a tow-truck driver pick her up at the shelter on Nov. 21. They drove to Sooke, where Emma stored her van, then brought it to a parkade in downtown Victoria.

Shelley has since spoken to the driver, who said Emma was planning to surprise her family by going home. The driver said Emma looked up at the snow on the mountains and said she couldn’t wait to get home where she could see the sun and the snow, Shelley recalled.

Two days later, she called her mom, crying on the phone. She wanted to come home, but the move wouldn’t be easy. All her things were locked up in her van and she wanted to make sure it was all safe.

Shelley offered to help and agreed to fly out. She bought a plane ticket, but then Emma asked her not to come. Mom cancelled her flight.

“She wanted to do it on her own,” Shelley recalled.

The plans changed several times until, finally, Shelley flew out without Emma knowing. She arrived just hours too late.

Emma left the shelter about 6 p.m., according to police reports. Just more than an hour later, police received a call about a woman walking barefoot in front of the Empress.

Investigators tell Shelley that the attending officers talked to Emma for about 45 minutes before leaving her.

“I could see Emma telling them that she was totally fine,” said Shelley, adding her daughter was apparently carrying her shoes and appeared disoriented.

As more information came in, the search for Emma broadened. Within days, Shelley and a team of volunteers had postered most of the region. Days after that, they were reaching as far away as Port Renfrew, Tofino and Campbell River. Shelley herself visited many of the Gulf Islands.

But after two months, Shelley had to head home.

The worst part about leaving is the unanswered questions: Why would Emma leave behind everything she owned? Why, after days of reaching out to her mother, would the phone calls stop? Did she have a mental breakdown? Does Emma want to stay hidden? And, of course, the worst questions: Did someone hurt her? Did she hurt herself?

If Emma wasn’t so private, there may be more clues, but Shelley remains confident the answers will come. For now, however, she’ll keep her daughter’s things in storage, under lock and key.

dspalding@timescolonist.com

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/the-disappearance-of-emma-fillipoff-leaves-a-mysterious-trail-through-victoria-1.75659 (http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/the-disappearance-of-emma-fillipoff-leaves-a-mysterious-trail-through-victoria-1.75659)

Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: cana_nomad on February 27, 2013, 05:38:30 PM
Ok, this is a lot of info to take in.

I am going to approach this as one of my cases at work, but it will be more difficult with the person not sitting in front of me.

From what I am gathering, it sounds like if she had a mental breakdown, it would have happened much earlier, being that her mother said she was reclusive earlier in adulthood- basically, there was a pattern emerging throughout her adulthood.

I wish her mother would say something as to whether neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, were present in the family.  Epilepsy sometimes masquerades as mental illness.  Also, a mark against someone so to speak in terms of neurological disorders can set them up for any other neurological disorder.  I am leaning toward schizophrenia on this one (which again, is a neurological disorder, not a mental illness).  It could have very well been a mental breakdown, but all that term means is a loss of normal functioning.  In other words, she could have had a psychotic break while she was living alone, which precipitated the isolation behaviours.

The fact she has an eating disorder is worrisome- I am wondering if this occurred around the same time that she began to get reclusive.  Self-starvation behaviours are seen in schizophrenia too, so it would be helpful to know if that is an area she struggled with before.  Also, again adding to a seizure theory, from someone who has had an eating disorder for years, your sodium level can plummet, causing you to have seizures in which you are awake but really out of it.  I am not sure what you would call this.  It is just now being studied more within the medical community.

These are just from what I have witnessed and seen happen with my own clients- not a diagnosis of any kind.

If she was having seizures or just had not eaten properly, she might have fainted and gone into the water.  She might have jumped either intentionally or unintentionally.  She might have harmed herself in another way- again, purposely or not.

I do not think Emma is still alive :(   
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: Morticia Mac on May 26, 2013, 10:33:11 AM
Please help find Emma
Last seen Nov 28 2012
Age: 27 but looks 18-20
Height: 5'5
Weight: 90-110 lbs
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Mostly blonde, some hints of brown and very long (past waist). It could be braided into pigtails, or up in a bun. She likes to wear knitted hats.
Striking features: Her laugh,smile, her tan complexion, her unusually long hair.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: Morticia Mac on May 26, 2013, 10:36:23 AM
Please share poster far and wide. Thank you. ♥
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on June 21, 2013, 12:00:22 AM
Discovery of missing Cleveland women gives hope to moms in Victoria cases

Katherine Dedyna / Times Colonist
May 7, 2013
 

There isn’t much that gives the mothers of long-missing local children hope — but the escape of three young women held captive for about a decade in Cleveland is one of them.

Both Crystal Dunahee and Jocelan Adkens said the discovery of kidnapping victims held since their teens leaves open the possibility that Michael Dunahee, missing for 22 years, and Jesokah Adkens, missing for 12 years, might one day be found alive.

That’s why Adkens has never left the Sooke home where Jesokah, then 17, lived until she was last seen at a bus stop at Saseenos Elementary School on Sooke Road at about 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2001.

“I’ve never moved — I always have visions of her walking down the driveway,” said Adkens, whose daughter’s 29th birthday was May 1.

Stories such as the Cleveland case help bolster the hope she still holds out, although “reality tells me otherwise,” she said. “She’s always on my mind anyway.”

Dunahee, whose son Michael was only four when he disappeared from the playing field at Blanshard Elementary School on March 24, 1991 — leading to one of the largest police investigations in Canadian history — said she’s happy for the families in Cleveland that have their children back. “They’ve got a long road to recovery, for sure.”

The worst, she said, is the “not knowing, not having the answers.”

Shelley Fillipoff, the Ontario-based mother of Emma Fillipoff, 26, a trained chef who disappeared from downtown Victoria last November, said she is “profoundly happy” for the families in Cleveland but saddened that one of their mothers did not live to see it. “I said to my best friend, ‘She probably died of stress.’ ”

“I know what they would have been going through and after 10 years, I don’t think you would ever expect to see your child,” said Fillipoff, who spent about two months in Victoria hunting for Emma, and passing out posters to mail carriers, street cleaners and bus drivers.

“It sickens me to think that those girls were missing for 10 years and that nobody could find them.” In the end, one of the young women, with the help of a neighbour who heard her cry for help, initiated the escape.

Knowing your neighbours well is one of the best crime-fighting tools, said Victoria Police Const. Mike Russell. “That can help solve more crime and prevent more crime than we can ever hope to do just as a department.”

The smallest things lead to breaks in cases, he added, whether it’s a missing person, someone storing stolen property or running a grow-op. “We get paid to come out and investigate these things. Don’t be reluctant to call.”

Investigators have had no further tips on Emma’s disappearance, Russell said Tuesday.

Shelley arrived in Victoria Nov. 28 just a few hours after Emma spent 45 minutes talking to two police officers in a cruiser across from the Fairmont Empress Hotel. She walked away at 8 p.m. and was reported as talking to people on Blanshard and Burdett streets a short time later, but by midnight, she was deemed missing.

kdedyna@timescolonist.com

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/discovery-of-missing-cleveland-women-gives-hope-to-moms-in-victoria-cases-1.147937 (http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/discovery-of-missing-cleveland-women-gives-hope-to-moms-in-victoria-cases-1.147937)

Jesokah Adkens, 17, was last seen Sept. 26, 2001. Four-year-old Michael Dunahee went missing on March 24, 1991. Emma Fillipoff was last seen in November 2012.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: SAP on October 14, 2013, 11:25:29 PM
Possible sighting of  Emma in Winnipeg, Man ... per Missing Canada website/facebook. Any of you living in Winnipeg please keep an eye out for Emma.

TIP ALERT: It was brought to our Attention earlier today that Emma Fillipoff, 28, #missing from #Victoria #BC since Nov 2012 May have been spotted this past week at one of the Salvation army missions in the #Winnipeg MB area. If you have seen her or have any Info on her whereabouts Please Contact the Winnipeg Police at 204-986-6222 or Winnipeg Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477 (local) or 1-800-222-8477 Canada Wide. (PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS IN THE WINNIPEG AREA)

The family is offering a 25 Thousand Dollar Reward ($25 000)for information leading to Emma's whereabouts. If you want to help, please share this new poster. Every share helps. Please, please, click share. Help Find Emma Fillipoff
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: cana_nomad on October 22, 2013, 10:28:07 PM
If this is her, is she trying to go home (Ontario)?  Begs the question, how would she have gotten this far?  Especially given she had to take a ferry at one point and I doubt she could have safely hitchhiked the entire way.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: SAP on October 22, 2013, 10:34:28 PM
I wish it would be Emma however as with any other missing person case, people get an image in their head and often mistake another for the missing person. It would be great if it was her. Alot of people don't pay attention to missing person's or crimes against people, so it's possible someone could have missed seeing she was being searched for.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: discus on November 28, 2013, 06:13:20 AM

The haunting disappearance of Emma Fillipoff
One year later, her mother is at a loss, and a witness wonders if he could have done more

By Derek Spalding, OTTAWA CITIZEN November 27, 2013 

The haunting disappearance of Emma Fillipoff

Facebook photo of Emma Fillipoff, 26, of Perth, who went missing a year ago on Vancouver Island.

OTTAWA — Emma Fillipoff was disoriented, shoeless and incoherent when Dennis Quay found her on the streets of downtown Victoria. He called police for help, waited for them to arrive, then went home. The young man was one of the last people to see Fillipoff before her mysterious disappearance a year ago.

Two officers talked to the 26-year-old brunette in front of the Empress Hotel in downtown Victoria on that frigid night in late November, but they left Emma where she was. Because of that, Quay, 28, says he regrets leaving.

Maybe if he had stuck around, he could have helped her, he says. If he did that, maybe Emma would have met up with her mother just a few hours later when she arrived on a plane from Ottawa. Instead, the polite, extremely private young woman who grew up near Perth is missing and her family is struggling to keep things together.

“Part of me wishes I stayed there longer so I could see what happened,” Quay says. “I thought they would have taken her somewhere appropriate where she could be looked after.”

He initially spotted Emma by herself on Douglas Street in the historic downtown of the B.C. capital, where Emma had moved just a year before. Recognizing the young woman from a brief meeting a few weeks earlier, he went to say hello.

Unlike the bubbly, talkative person he had previously spoken to, Emma was motionless. She seemed lost, distracted — timid at times, Quay recalled. She was barefoot, carrying her shoes in her hands.

The two slowly made their way to the front of the Empress Hotel. Quay felt he was being too persistent by constantly offering help, so he eventually left and called 911 from a restaurant phone. He quickly doubled back and watched Emma from a distance until police arrived.

Two officers met up with Emma just after 7 p.m. on Nov. 28, police confirmed, and spent nearly 45 minutes with her. This would prove to be the last confirmed sighting of Fillipoff, who grew up in Lanark County about an hour southeast of Ottawa.

Police would not comment about their interaction with Emma that night, but the department has access to a network of crisis resource groups that can be called into action by officers when someone is deemed to be in distress. On this night, though, that call was never made.

“It’s really up to each individual officer to determine if someone is a risk to themselves or if we have grounds for apprehension, but clearly we didn’t at that time,” says Const. Mike Russell, spokesman for Victoria police. “These were two seasoned officers who deal with this stuff a lot. Just because someone’s acting strange or is not acting strange, doesn’t mean we can apprehend them or just call in someone to come assess them.”

A few hours later, Emma’s mother, Shelley, arrived in Victoria to help her daughter move home. Shelley had received several phone calls from Emma, who appeared stressed.

Some days she wanted her mother to come get her; other days she told her to stay away. Eventually, Shelley came anyway, but she was too late.
Emma had been staying at Sandy Merriman House, a women’s shelter in the days leading up to her disappearance. Emma was last seen there at 6 p.m. on Nov. 28.

It’s unclear how long it took before police made the connection between the woman they talked to and the missing person report filed on Nov. 29, but a news bulletin issued that day indicates she was last seen by friends in the early evening. This would be the same block Quay met Emma, well before police met with her in front of the Empress.

Shelley spent two months searching. Days passed, then weeks. The search eventually extended to the far corners of Vancouver Island in places such as Tofino, Campbell River and Nanaimo. There was no sign of Emma.

Shelley eventually returned home in February to the 100-acre property in Lanark where she and her ex-husband raised their four children. None of siblings want to talk about the disappearance of their sister.

But Shelley says she has to think about it, she has to talk about it. She is in constant contact with police and recently posted a $25,000 reward for information that leads to finding her daughter. This latest effort has not turned up any new leads, police say.
Much of Shelley’s life has stopped in the past year. Lights above her dining room table need rewiring. The back deck is falling apart with a few of the brittle floor boards broken away. Next year, she says.

The loss of her daughter is debilitating on so many levels. Some days, Shelley says she doesn’t want to get out of bed. Even the little tasks can be challenging. She recently went into town to get milk and tomatoes. She laughs when she says she came back with milk and apples.
Then there was the answering machine. For nearly two weeks, people couldn’t leave messages because erasing the old ones meant she would hear Emma’s voice, likely recorded while Shelley was flying to Victoria.

“It’s funny, you know, you want to hear her voice, but you don’t want to hear her voice. I want to see her picture, but I don’t want to see her picture,” she says. “It’s all very complicated.”
 
Too often she imagines how the painful saga will conclude. In one scenario, she envisions police coming to her door, delivering the dreaded news.

“I’m not vouching for me, if that happens,” she said from her couch. “I’ve told everybody: the calm, trying-to-keep-it-together person is going to last forever until I find her, but if that happens, all bets are off.”

If her daughter were to call one day and say she is being held captive, Shelley has a list of questions that could help locate her and get police to respond as soon as possible.

Shelley says she's trying to find a balance between the two exhausting scenarios.

“I have to stay on an even keel. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”

dspalding@ottawacitizen.com

Twitter.com/Derek_Spalding

© Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on November 28, 2013, 10:49:25 PM
Today marks the one year anniversary of the disappearance of Emma Fillipoff. There are still no answers as to what happened to her.


The year-long search for Emma Fillipoff

Joanne Schnurr, CTV Ottawa
Published Thursday, November 28, 2013 4:39PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, November 28, 2013 7:49PM EST


A mother from Perth, just west of Ottawa, is trying to keep her daughter's story alive one year after the 26-year-old disappeared off the streets of Victoria, B.C.  Shelley Fillipoff is now offering a $25,000 reward for any help finding Emma. The reward poster is plastered with pictures of the bubbly woman; a free spirit attracted to the west coast who disappeared without a trace a year ago today. Shelley Fillipoff is making the rounds at radio and television stations, hoping to renew interest in her daughter's case and spark that one call that could change the path of their lives. She even plays out that call in her mind.

“The phone rings,” says a very emotional Fillipoff, “and I actually do, I think, what would that be like if that were Emma’s voice?  I’d probably die of happiness,”

The search for Emma has been all-consuming and emotionally draining.  The one-time teacher hasn't been able to return to work since the hunt for her daughter began.

Emma, who loved walking barefoot outside, was seen by a young man on the streets of Victoria that cold November 28th evening holding her shoes and looking disheveled and confused.  He called police.  Two officers spoke with her for 45 minutes.

Constable Mike Russell speaks for the Victoria Police Department, “At the time, the officers spoke to her at length and there was no reason to apprehend her under the Mental Health Act so she was let go on her way.”

It was the last anyone saw of her.

“I am angry with police that they let her go,” says Shelley.

Shelley now believes Emma had been suffering from mental health issues for years and that perhaps she had a breakdown in Victoria.  The young chef and photographer had called her mother days before she disappeared, very distraught.  She asked her mother to bring her home, then called back and told her not to come.  Finally, a very worried Shelley flew out on the 28th without her daughter’s knowledge and arrived at the women’s shelter where Emma, for some reason had been staying. She was told her daughter wasn't there, that they were worried about her and that they should call police.  Just three hours earlier, unbeknownst to Shelley, Victoria police had already stopped the young woman on the street but she had not been reported missing at that point.  Within days, a massive search was launched, including a police dive unit. Shelley stayed in Victoria for two months, tirelessly working the phones and computers.  Then, reluctantly, came home without her daughter.

“I never went out there expecting to find her missing,” says Shelley, “I went out there to help her come home or help her stay in Victoria as long as she needed me.”

While the physical search has ended for Emma Fillipoff, the social media search is still underway. There are Facebook pages dedicated to the search for Emma.  Shelley says she can't give up hope her daughter is still alive.

“I just don't know.  I really and truly have no idea where she is and no idea what's wrong.”

 Police in Victoria say they are still getting a few tips about Emma that they investigate.  Shelley's hope is that the posters and the media attention will prompt that one call that will answer her question about where her daughter is.

http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/the-year-long-search-for-emma-fillipoff-1.1565260 (http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/the-year-long-search-for-emma-fillipoff-1.1565260)

click to enlarge poster
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: looking on December 04, 2013, 01:18:01 PM
What a beautiful picture.  How does someone just disappear?  Would the current carry a body out into the ocean?  Or did a predator see her vulnerability?
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: looking on December 04, 2013, 02:05:12 PM
Wonder if a tracking dog was brought in early on or ever?
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: SAP on December 04, 2013, 02:15:25 PM
Emma's mother has given all the details on her site.

Emma was barefoot in cold weather and what boggles my mind was that 45 minutes before she was never seen again, RCMP officers had been talking to her. It is not realistic, even if the person declares they are fine, to let someone just go like this without thinking of at least frostbite this time of year. Had they not even tried to take her to an ER ward?
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on December 04, 2013, 02:23:29 PM

What really bothers me about this, is that the police were called by a regular citizen who saw Emma on the street and after interacting with her for a few minutes, realized she needed help. Surely if he could see that....couldn't the police tell?

From discus:
Quote
He initially spotted Emma by herself on Douglas Street in the historic downtown of the B.C. capital, where Emma had moved just a year before. Recognizing the young woman from a brief meeting a few weeks earlier, he went to say hello.

Unlike the bubbly, talkative person he had previously spoken to, Emma was motionless. She seemed lost, distracted — timid at times, Quay recalled. She was barefoot, carrying her shoes in her hands.

The two slowly made their way to the front of the Empress Hotel. Quay felt he was being too persistent by constantly offering help, so he eventually left and called 911 from a restaurant phone. He quickly doubled back and watched Emma from a distance until police arrived.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: SAP on December 04, 2013, 02:34:08 PM
Yes Debbiec. That is so bothersome. I imagine the friend is still feeling very badly that he didn't get her to help himself. I know I could not live with myself if I left someone without trying at least to persuade them to come to an ER ward. Even on foot, one can hail a taxi or call an ambulance and stay with the person. I am not ragging on the friend b/c he did think that police would help.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: Logical on December 04, 2013, 04:49:04 PM
Police and ER hands are tied, they cannot commit her, she would have to agree, and then commit herself if she was not a threat to anyone, then they could do nothing but make suggestions to her. I think the police tried very hard, they spent 45 mins speaking to her, that is a very long time.

Even if they did get her to the ER, she could refuse assistance and walk out.

And if she was already in a paranoid state she would not get help but hide, stay out of public view, remember people suffering from depressive episodes still have their intelligence and when they get frightened or feel cornered can seem very crafty, and use the right wording to convince they are really ok, the survivor instinct in all of us can be very powerful when we feel out of our realm, sometimes it kicks in and we do or say things we did not know we were capable of.

Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: discus on December 04, 2013, 08:45:09 PM
I hope Emma realized she was attracting attention (after speaking to Police and a friend) and went into hiding intentionally.    With confidentiality laws, would a hospital be obliged to say she is a patient?  She is an adult so perhaps they would not have to disclose.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: SAP on December 05, 2013, 11:51:16 AM
Police and ER hands are tied, they cannot commit her, she would have to agree, and then commit herself if she was not a threat to anyone, then they could do nothing but make suggestions to her. I think the police tried very hard, they spent 45 mins speaking to her, that is a very long time.

Even if they did get her to the ER, she could refuse assistance and walk out.

And if she was already in a paranoid state she would not get help but hide, stay out of public view, remember people suffering from depressive episodes still have their intelligence and when they get frightened or feel cornered can seem very crafty, and use the right wording to convince they are really ok, the survivor instinct in all of us can be very powerful when we feel out of our realm, sometimes it kicks in and we do or say things we did not know we were capable of.



That is so true Logical. However first responders are always told they cannot persuade or force the person into care but they should stay with the person or near for when the person no longer is able to respond for self. This is for responders to a cardiac arrest, or choking, etc. I do wonder why it shoudn't be covered for people who are having a psychotic break as well. 
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: SAP on December 05, 2013, 11:54:47 AM
I hope Emma realized she was attracting attention (after speaking to Police and a friend) and went into hiding intentionally.    With confidentiality laws, would a hospital be obliged to say she is a patient?  She is an adult so perhaps they would not have to disclose.

From what I have seen, when a patient asked for confidentiality it was maintained by the hospital. In one case it even went as far as "changing" the patients last name in a highly controversial case.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: jellybean on September 02, 2014, 03:28:15 PM
This is from the Fifth Estate. Here are the experts opinions on the disappearance of Emma. There are five experts. One is the detective from To Catch a Killer. Click on appropriate videos./jb

http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/blog/a-lot-of-pain (videos are provided)/

In March 2014 Emma Fillipoff’s mother, Shelley, approached the fifth estate to tell her daughter’s story and help find her.

 As part of our process to help the Fillipoff family get some answers, we enlisted the help of five experts --- a criminologist, a homicide investigator, a language expert, a search and rescue expert and a forensic psychologist. We provided each with a background file on the case and asked them to weigh in with their opinions on what may have happened to Emma.

 Dr. Jeff Hancock is a Professor at Cornell University. He is co-Chair of the Information Science department. His expertise is in deception and its detection. Emma wrote detailed journals which Hancock reviewed for our program.

http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/blog/help-find-emma
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on October 16, 2014, 09:48:07 AM
It will be two years in November since Emma vanished without a trace.

This article is from May, 2014. I wonder if they ever figured out who the man who took down Emma's poster is.  After having read this article I had to wonder if he really knew Emma. 


Possible break in Emma Fillipoff missing woman case

Sian Thomson / Campbell River Courier Islander
May 28, 2014 01:33 PM

There has been a lead in the Nov. 28, 2012 missing persons case of Emma Fillipoff.

Fillipoff, 27 when she went missing without at trace, was last seen in Victoria near the Empress Hotel around 7 p.m. that night, just hours after she had called her mother Shelly in Ottawa and asked her to fly out and bring her home. Her mother did just that and missed Emma by three hours.

 “By all accounts from the people who knew her, it sounds like she had a psychotic break or schizophrenia,” said her mother from Ottawa, where she recently returned after coming out to the west coast to do another search.

Emma used to work at the Royal Coachman in Campbell River. At one time it was thought she may be heading this way.

Investigators have explored more than 200 leads, turning up minimal information. Most evidence indicates Fillipoff was planning to return home to Ottawa, but there’s no proof she ever left the Island.

Until now.

Emma’s mother Shelly Fillipoff told the Campbell River Courier-Islander newspaper that Gastown, Vanvouver store owners Joel and Lori Sellen witnessed a man in their store throwing out a “missing” poster.

“Upon closer inspection, the poster was of (missing Emma Fillipoff) and the reward of $25,000 posted for her safe recovery,” said Shelly. “The man said ‘It’s one of those missing persons posters, except she’s not missing, she’s my girlfriend and she ran away ‘cause she hates her parents’.”

The store owners said they got a ‘very creepy vibe’ from the man and called the police right away to report the incident. Security cameras were able to pick up his image.

Vancouver police are investigating and posters have gone out over soical media asking the public to be on the lookout for Fillipoff or the male around the downtown eastside.

Only about five missing-persons cases in as many decades have gone unsolved in the capital region, according to Det. Const. Paul Spencelayh of the Victoria Police Department. Considering that most investigations end within hours, Fillipoff’s case becomes more troubling with every passing day.

Fillipoff was a trained chef, held several jobs, was not into drugs or alcohol, and is described as a loving, emotionally sensitive woman who was planning to return home to her family.

The abnormality of the file is magnified considering the 45 per cent drop in missing person cases in the past five years. Victoria police reported 376 missing persons across the capital region in 2012, significantly fewer than the 692 it handled in 2008.

 “It’s rare where a person disappears off the planet and is never seen again,” Spencelayh said.

A disappearance usually boils down to one of four theories: The person ran away, had an accident, committed suicide or was killed, police say.

Most missing person files last hours, maybe days. Rarely does a case last months without any substantial progress. That’s what makes Fillipoff’s case so troubling. None of the evidence has led investigators toward any of their traditional theories.

 “It causes a lot of frustration in that there’s a lot of starting points … but each time we do a follow up, we’re no further ahead,” Spencelayh said. “It’s rare that we get cases like that.”

She bought a prepaid cell phone, but never activated it. Even though she had money in her bank account, she was staying — like she did several times in the past year — at a women’s shelter.

Those who knew Fillipoff said she occasionally seemed confused in those final days, according to her mom Shelley Fillipoff, who spent two months searching Vancouver Island for her daughter before returning home Feb. 5.

There are indications Fillipoff was suffering from a mental breakdown, and no one has ruled out suicide, but that usually leaves behind plenty of evidence. There is also the possibility that someone else took her, but until now, there was no evidence that she was with someone else.

There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

Emma is described as looking younger than her age, 5’5”, 90 to 100 pounds, with blonde hair possibly waist long. She often wears knitted hats. She has no prior drug use, no prior history of vanishing, no criminal record and not living on the street at the time of her disappearance. She loves the outdoors, wears dresses and has been seen wearing camouflage pants and carrying an orange purse. She is very drawn to public libraries, and oves children and animals. She has a shy temperament and is a vegan.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, please call 911 or Victoria police non-emergency 1-250-995-7654.

sthomson@courierislander.com


http://www.courierislander.com/news/local/possible-break-in-emma-fillipoff-missing-woman-case-1.1078868 (http://www.courierislander.com/news/local/possible-break-in-emma-fillipoff-missing-woman-case-1.1078868)
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: I care about Canadians on November 02, 2014, 04:32:42 PM
Fifth Estate probes missing Emma case

"I am hopeful but not optimistic about the outcome regarding the outcome of this case" - Emma's mom

SIAN THOMSON COURIER-ISLAND
OCTOBER 29, 2014 12:00 AM
 

Emma Fillipoff's mother Shelley, approached The Fifth Estate to tell her daughter's story and to help find her. After setting up a page on their website providing clues and information about the case, the program will now air a documentary discussing the results of their campaign.

The show will air on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. pacific standard time on CBC.

Emma Fillipoff has been missing for almost two years after vanishing without a trace on Nov. 28, 2012 from the streets of Victoria.

On that day, Victoria police spoke to Emma after a passerby alerted them that she was without shoes in just above zero weather and seemed disoriented.

Police talked to her for about 30 minutes and decided she was fine, leaving her on the side of the road.

That is the last confirmed sighting of the then 26-year-old woman.

Emma worked as a chef at the Royal Coachman in Campbell River, and then relocated to Victoria to do the same work.

Her mother Shelley fears that Emma had a mental breakdown and may have headed to a place she found familiar and where she had friends. But unconfirmed reports have also put her in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. There have also been unconfirmed reports of sightings in Vancouver, Tofino, Powell River, Oregon and Winnipeg. Her mother has offered a $25,000 reward to help find her daughter.

Dr. Mike Arntfield was interviewed by The Fifth Estate and said he cannot think of a case in recent history that has so many potential outcomes and explanations and each one needs to be explored. The criminology professor and former police officer said that it is unsettling as there are so many unknown variables. Fillipoff could have taken her own life, met with foul play, relocated on her own free will, or she is in a mental health crisis and does not know who she is. There was one lead when an unknown man wearing a ball cap and green shirt was seen taking a missing poster down from a store in Vancouver and said Emma was his girlfriend and did not want to be found, but to date that man has not been identified.

Emma's mother Shelley said there was a robbery in North Vancouver recently and one of the suspects resembles the man who has become known as the 'green shirt guy'. "The police say the case is active but really they just wait for tips to come in and if they think they are credible they will look at those," said Shelley, who believes there is a difference between a case being 'active' and police being 'proactive' on a case.

"They don't follow up on half the leads," she said. "If a tip comes in they will go over to where it originated and look into it but they tell me they do not have the manpower to follow up all leads and tips. When I was in Victoria the day she disappeared (Emma's mother flew out to bring Emma home the day she vanished) I did more work than the police did. It's going on two years and they have done nothing. They let her go in the first place when they could have admitted her into a facility for observation."

When asked what she thinks happened to Emma, Shelley said "your guess is as good as mine," but her behaviour in the weeks leading up to the disappearance suggested she was suffering from a mental breakdown.

"I have a terrible fear she has had a breakdown and doesn't even know she is missing and may not even know who she is," said Fillipoff.

"The Fifth Estate has never committed a full hour to any story, and they are doing so for Emma," said her mother.

"I am hopeful but not optimistic regarding the outcome of this case," said Shelley. "I am realistic but we have to keep it out there, people need to keep their eyes wide open."

- See more at: http://www.courierislander.com/news/local/fifth-estate-probes-missing-emma-case-1.1480069#sthash.9O2vwLky.dpuf
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: never_lose_hope on November 22, 2014, 01:48:35 PM
Does it not strike anyone else as odd Emma and her mother didn't speak for a year? I can't fathom that length of time going by without speaking when there was no apparent riff...
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: jellybean on November 22, 2014, 03:22:46 PM
Good grief, is it true - that she has not accessed her bank account since disappearing?  Everyone needs money to exist.  If she had money in the bank, she would access some of it at some point.
To quote her Mother;
"I have a terrible fear she has had a breakdown and doesn't even know she is missing and may not even know who she is," said Fillipoff.  unquote.

If she did not know who she was, someone out there hopefully will link her to the missing Emily (hopefully).
I can't see her having a complete breakdown without ending up in hospital.

How did she receive her money?  I know that she worked at some point - but how long ago was it?


JB



Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: Nancy Drew on April 07, 2015, 01:53:43 PM
Fyi, there are more photos of Emma on the fifth estate page about the case:
http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/findingemma

And for American users in this group geoblocked from the fifth estate page, you can view the documentary on youtube at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3FPSmlCmJk
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: feather on February 02, 2016, 10:48:44 PM
From May 29, 2014

New clue has emerged, however.......sounds kinda fishy/BS...

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/new-clue-emerges-in-disappearance-of-emma-fillipoff-1.1080343
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: debbiec on March 08, 2016, 04:13:55 PM
From May 29, 2014

New clue has emerged, however.......sounds kinda fishy/BS...

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/new-clue-emerges-in-disappearance-of-emma-fillipoff-1.1080343

The article above is from almost two years ago - May, 2014. It doesn't look like anything ever came of the clue.
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: jellybean on November 28, 2017, 07:48:41 PM
Taken from article in reply 45

Quote
The charges were laid after a months-long police investigation into her son, real-estate agent Matthew Fillipoff, who the Ontario Provincial Police allege was supplying cocaine to street-level traffickers in Lanark County in southeastern Ontario.


Her brother's line of business is news to many of us! 

This may have something to do with his sister's disappearance?
Perhaps Emma's brother might be able to provide some names of those who would want to harm Emma, when and if they located her?

He was in a bad business, and some of his associates might have carried a grudge.

Is it even possible that Emma might also have had some information and they wanted to make sure that she would never talk? Could this explain her paranoia?

Did the police ever question him about such matters regarding Emma?



jb
Title: Re: Emma Fillipoff, 26, missing on Vancouver Island since Nov. 28, 2012
Post by: looking on August 08, 2018, 05:26:52 PM
The footage of Emma in the store reminds me of the footage of Elisa Lam peering out of the elevator. Elisa was found in a water tank on top of the hotel. Perhaps Emma hid somewhere as well and accidentally or purposely died?