Seventeen years have passed since Belinda Ann Cameron, an Indigenous woman from Esquimalt, went missing.
To mark the anniversary, VicPD’s Historical Case Review Unit is renewing a call for help in solving the case and releasing additional photos of Belinda with her children.
At the time of her disappearance, the mom of two young girls was 42-years-old, and all these years later, her daughters are searching for answers.
Last seen on May 11th, 2005 at the Shoppers Drug Mart on Esquimalt Road, Belinda wasn’t reported missing until June 4th—nearly a month after her disappearance.
According to VicPD, an extensive investigation and a series of searches quickly ensued, but despite best efforts, she wasn’t found.
When Belinda went missing, she stood at 5’8” and weighed around 170 pounds; with a medium to large build, long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She also wore silver-framed glasses.
VicPD say Belinda’s daughters are now adults and seek to understand their mother’s disappearance—a longing felt by many.
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 “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 spokesperson Bowen Osoko said in a Wednesday statement.
“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 contact Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.