Belinda Ann Cameron
(VicPD)

Victoria’s Belinda Ann Cameron, an Indigenous woman, has been missing for nearly 17 years.

Last seen on May 11th, 2005 at Esquimalt’s Shoppers Drug Mart on Esquimalt Road, Victoria Police say Belinda was mom to two young girls at the time of her disappearance.

All these years later, her daughters are searching for answers.

Today is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender diverse people, and to mark the day, VicPD is renewing a call for help in solving Belinda’s case.

According to police, Belinda was reported missing on June 4th, 2005, nearly a month after her disappearance.

An extensive investigation and a series of searches ensued, but despite best efforts, she wasn’t found.

At the time of her disappearance, Belinda was 42-years-old, standing at 5’8” with a medium to large build and weighing around 170 pounds.

She had long dark brown hair, dark brown eyes and wore silver-framed glasses.

According to police, Belinda’s daughters are now adults and seek to understand their mother’s disappearance.

But it’s a longing felt by many.

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On Vancouver Island and Canada-wide, Indigenous women have vanished without a trace, leaving friends and family to face the harsh reality that their loved ones could be gone forever.

A 2019 national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ persons finds there’s “no reliable estimate” of the number who have gone missing or been murdered.

“Our detectives are committed to bringing closure to Belinda’s family and believe that somebody knows what happened to Belinda,” VicPD said Thursday.

“Belinda’s disappearance is considered suspicious, and investigators believe that Belinda was the victim of foul play. Her disappearance continues to be investigated as a homicide.”

Anyone with information on where Belinda may be, or what may have happened to her, is asked to call VicPD at (250) 995-7390.

Tipsters can also call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

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