In the fall of 2011, 26-year-old Emma Fillipoff had left Ontario for Victoria, to pursue her passions of art, poetry and photography while supporting herself with culinary work.
She was last seen barefoot outside the Empress Hotel on Nov. 28, 2012.
Her mother Shelley Fillipoff had been en route to Victoria to see her daughter, but when she arrived Emma was gone without a trace.
Now, on the eve of her disappearance, Shelley Fillipoff is coming back to Victoria to hold a candlelight vigil and keep searching for her missing daughter.
This is one of four vigils planned across the country to commemorate the 5th anniversary of her case, the other three being located in Campbell River, BC, Halifax, NS, and Perth,
The mysteries surrounding her case have endured for 5 years
The last person to speak to her was the police who talked to her for approximately 45 minutes outside the Empress Hotel, after letting her go on her way.
Shelley has since requested a police transcript of the conversation but was denied it without being given a reason.
Prior to vanishing, Emma placed several tearful, erratic calls to her mother asking her to fly out to Victoria and take her back to Perth. But by the time Shelley got there, it was too late.
The second unsolved riddle revolves around a man who popped up in Gastown holding Emma’s poster, claiming that she was his girlfriend.
No one has successfully identified him yet, despite the fact that his surveillance photo has been doing the rounds on social media for years.
Determined to keep the search going
So on the 5th anniversary of her disappearance, join Shelley Fillipoff in a candlelight walk vigil to raise awareness about Emma’s continued absence.
“I decided the five-year mark was a significant milestone in the search for my daughter,” Shelley stated. “I have one job in life and that is to find Emma.”
Candlelight Walk for Emma Filipoff
- When: November 28th, 7:17 PM – 8 PM
- Where: Across from the Empress Hotel