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It’s been 11 years since the disappearance of Emma Fillipoff

It’s been 11 years since the mysterious disappearance of 26-year-old Emma Fillipoff in Victoria.

“On the 11 year anniversary of Emma Fillipoff's disappearance, we are reminding the public that this file remains active with our Major Crimes Unit,” the VicPD said.

“Please contact us if you have any info on Emma's whereabouts. All it could take is one person to help bring Emma home.”

On the evening of Nov. 28, 2012, the VicPD was contacted about a woman acting oddly in front of the Empress Hotel. Officers located Emma and "spoke with her at length."

“After ensuring her well-being, Emma continued on her way. Emma was reported missing a few hours later. She has not been heard from or seen since,” said police.

To date, investigators have been unsuccessful in determining what may have happened to her.

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A website was created to bring awareness to the case and hopefully see that she is found one day.

According to the website, the night Emma was last seen near the Empress, her red Mazda MPV 1993 van was found in the Chateau Victoria parking lot with almost all her belongings in it, including her passport, library card, digital camera, clothes, a pillow, assorted ornaments, laptop, and recently-borrowed library books.

An upcoming docu-series was also created with the participation of Emma’s mother, Shelley Fillipoff.

Created by Bayberry Films, Barefoot in the Night: The Search for Emma Fillipoff gives a behind-the-scenes look at the timeline, tips, sightings and witness accounts in the case. Several previews of the series are currently available to watch.

“It chronicles Emma's life, her mysterious disappearance from Victoria, BC in 2012, and includes interviews with those close to Emma, those involved in the official investigation, and the many other persons linked to the case,” said Bayberry Films.

“It will highlight the efforts to crowd-source the investigation and reveal the myriad ways the public has continued to contribute to the search.”

Last year, detectives were able to make a request through the RCMP to have an age-progressed sketch done of Emma, but noted that these drawings are difficult because there are many unknown factors.

“For Emma specifically, we didn’t know if she may be unhoused, or if she is living a happy and healthy lifestyle in another location,” explained the VicPD.

“The artist spoke with Emma’s mother, and we supplied him with a number of different photos for reference. Emma had a youthful appearance and she has a very youthful air about her,” police said.

“Her energy comes through in the photos she took, which the artist was able to replicate in his image to better the odds that viewers may recognize that person and contact the police.”

Emma’s disappearance continues to be actively investigated, but while police say hundreds of tips have been received from across the country and from across the globe, none have proven to be confirmed sightings of her.

If you see Emma Fillipoff, or have any information about where she may be, please contact the VicPD non-emergency line at 250-995-7654, or your local police department.



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