Six year anniversary of Victoria woman Emma Fillipoff’s disappearance

Six year anniversary of Victoria woman Emma Fillipoff’s disappearance

The Victoria woman was last seen in the early morning of Nov. 29, 2012

Six years ago, a 26-year old woman disappeared off of the Victoria streets without a trace.

Emma Fillipoff has been described by family and friends as a caring and sensitive individual who loved speaking with local homeless people and being in nature. She worked in local cafes and at the local favorite, Red Fish Blue Fish restaurant.

Fillipoff lived a transient lifestyle, sometimes in the woods, sometimes on boats and most recently at the Sandy Merriman women’s shelter.

She struggled with mental health issues since she was 11 years old. As she grew up, these struggles worsened, and were witnessed by friends in compulsive rituals, including arranging objects into patterns. Closer to her disappearance, Fillipoff began to develop more and more apparent mental health problems, including a very restricted diet, and signs of fear, depression and paranoia that left her withdrawn.

READ MORE: ‘Emma Fillipoff Is (still) Missing’

Fillipoff began calling her mother, who was in Ontario, on Nov. 23. They had a cycle of calls where Fillipoff wanted to come home, and then decided to stay. Fillipoff became more anxious about her mother arriving in Victoria. On Nov. 28, Fillipoff spoke with her mother and asked her not to come that day. Her mother, Shelley Fillipoff, was concerned for changes she noticed in her daughter and flew over in the late evening on Nov. 28.

Shelter staff had told Emma that her mother was on the way, which caused her to storm out and not come in that night. Her mother arrived at 11 p.m., and shelter staff called in a missing persons report.

For years, the last sighting of Emma Fillipoff was by Victoria police in front of the Empress Hotel around 7:00 p.m. Emma was barefoot and clutching her shoes and spoke with officers for 45 minutes, before they decided she was not a threat to herself or anyone else.

This summer, a new witness came forward reporting he had seen her on the morning of Nov. 29 around 5:00 a.m. Simply identified as William, he saw her in distress on his way to work, and offered her a ride to the intersection of Craigflower and Admirals Roads, as she wanted to go visit her friend in Colwood.

READ MORE: New lead on missing Victoria woman Emma Fillipoff sparks dog search

Due to this new information, Shelley Fillipoff began a GoFundMe campaign to raise over $6,000 to get renowned Ontario dog handler Kim Cooper to fly over and help conduct a search for Fillipoff.

In an interview with Black Press Media, Shelly Fillipoff said the information and the dog search gave her bittersweet emotions.

“I am excited and nervous, but this is what I’ve wanted, more information,” Fillipoff said. “I’ve always been prepared to face the inevitable. I do think it may be inevitable that Emma is no longer alive after so long, but I have hope.”

The search is scheduled to begin in December.

READ MORE: Search areas identified for missing Victoria woman Emma Fillipoff

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Victoria Police Department, where the case is still being actively investigated.

“The file is still open and tips are being received with each viable tip being investigated,” said Detective Constable Dawndra Tolsma in a statement. “We encourage anybody with any information to contact us.”

VicPD can be reached by calling 911, or at their non-emergency line at 250-995-7654.

For more information, you can visit helpfindemmafillipoff.com

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Emma Fillipoff

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria police are looking for 45-year-old Charlene Woods. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Missing woman last seen in Victoria on New Year’s Day

Police working to locate Charlene Woods, 45

Camosun Cares hampers will be delivered weekly to students for a period of nine weeks. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)
Weekly care hampers offered to Camosun College students in need

The Camosun Cares hamper delivers fresh produce, prepared meals, hygiene products and even recipes

Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hills using a homemade trip camera. Vancouver Island is home to approximately 800 cougars, which makes up about a quarter of the total population in B.C. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hill using a homemade trip camera. Schroyen presents Animal Signs: The Essence of Animal Communication on Nov. 30. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Declining Vancouver Island cougar populations linked to wolves

Large carnivore specialist says human development still plays biggest role on cougar numbers

Approximately 100 people gathered in Centennial Square Saturday afternoon to listen to speakers decry COVID-19 restrictions. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Victoria residents protest masks, COVID-19 restrictions

Approximately 100 people gathered in Centennial Square Saturday afternoon

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

The humanoid sensing robot has a 3D printed finger cap that measures oxygen levels. (Dr. Woo Soo Kim)
Medical care robots being made with 3D origami in B.C. lab

Would you let a robot take your temperature?

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell gets acquainted with Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird’s 10-month-old daughter Sophia, husband Steve and four-year-old Amy at the B.C. legislature before a ceremony to endorse the Tsawwassen Treaty, Oct. 15, 2007. (Sharon Tiffin/Black Press)
Indigenous consent must come first and last for B.C. industrial projects

UN declaration seen as end to a history of horror stories

FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

A cross-country skier glides along the banks of the Ottawa River in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Canadians across the country can look forward to a mild spring peppered with the odd winter flashback throughout the first part of the season, according to predictions from one prominent national forecaster. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Mild spring with some wintry blasts predicted for most of Canada: Weather Network

Weather Network is forecasting a slower than average start to spring in British Columbia

AstraZeneca’s vaccines are ready for use at the vaccination center in Apolda, Germany, Sunday, Feb.28, 2021. (Michael Reichel/dpa via AP)
Feds hoping for AstraZeneca shots this week as Pfizer-BioNTech prepare next delivery

The first of those doses could start to arrive in Canada as early as Wednesday

A boat caught fire in Ladysmith Harbour on Saturday morning. (Photo submitted)
Search underway for missing woman after boat catches fire in Ladysmith harbour

A large boat caught fire on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 27

Most Read