Sunday, November 9, 2014

Finding Emma Fillipoff



Emma Fillipoff was originally from Ottawa and was working as a chef in Victoria when she went missing Nov. 28, 2012. She was 27 and was last seen near the Empress Hotel around 7 PM. The lead in the case brings the tragic story to the DTES.

Last May the Courier-Islander reported that Gastown, Vanvouver store owners Joel and Lori Sellen witnessed a man in their store throwing out a “missing” poster. “Upon closer inspection, the poster was of (missing Emma Fillipoff) and the reward of $25,000 posted for her safe recovery,” said Shelly. “The man said ‘It’s one of those missing persons posters, except she’s not missing, she’s my girlfriend and she ran away ‘cause she hates her parents’.” The store owners said they got a ‘very creepy vibe’ from the man and called the police right away to report the incident. Security cameras were able to pick up his image.



Vancouver police are investigating and posters have gone out over social media asking the public to be on the lookout for Emma or the male around the downtown eastside. CBC the Fifth Estate just ran a documentary on her. At 28:45 into the video you can see the surveillance footage of the guy walk into a Gastown shop holding a copy of Emma's poster in his hand.



CBC also reported that when she was last seen on November 28th 2012 she was last seen by the police. "At 7:11 p.m. on November 28, 2012 a 911 call goes out to the police by a concerned passerby. A 26 year old woman is standing barefoot on the street in temperatures hovering just above zero degree. Her name is Emma Fillipoff, a chef originally from the Ottawa area. The police arrive and talk to the petite, attractive woman for 30 minutes to make sure she is fine. Then they leave her at the side of the road and drive off. She is never seen again.

So now we have three red flags. She was last seen standing barefoot downtown Victoria in the freezing cold, a guy claiming to be her boyfriend claimed she was alive and well and she is in the DTES. Three red flags. There is no happiness in the DTES. That is the epicenter of exploitation.

I have more to say on this case but let's start there. Lets look for her and the guy claiming to be her boyfriend in the DTES. Best case scenario is that she did run away from her family and that exposing her whereabouts will cause her to leave the DTES. Even if that was true, her leaving the DTES would be in her best interest. However, I do not believe that is true. Let's find her to make sure she is safe. Gastown is nice but the DTES is not a safe place for anyone.

9 comments:

  1. thanks for posting this about Emma. Of note is the way this guy in green shirt walks.He enters the store at 28:43 on the Fifth Estate video footage and it appears he has a leg or hip injury. Its obvious at 29:22 as he exits the store

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  2. Could you please post the photo done by the fifth estate. Looks like a totally different person. We will never find this guy if people don't see his photo

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean. The second photo was a screen cap from the Fifth Estate video.

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  3. Im a year late with the comment....but I really liked Emma the moment I knew about her...I must say that she has such a poetic spirit..even if I think that the most believed version of me is that she commited suicide...i still think that the police arent trying hard enough to find her...why? Because i truly believe that police is capable by finding people information by their picture and we should have had the information about this guy but we dont...so he is still left in the dark when he is the only person who might have a clue hopefully, if his words werent just random words...I truly wish with all my heart for emma's mum to never give up and to truly make sure that police are trying hard enough....please lets find emma, this beautiful girl whose soul should never be lost...

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  4. Seems a tad strange the police determined she was "fine" being barefoot on the side of the road in near freezing temperatures?

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  5. I am so deeply saddened as are many people who are experiencing the pain of your disappearance. I have a daughter and cannot even bare the thought of ever loosing her. Please go home to mom and come back to all the people who love, need and miss you. I pray that all my 4,000 friends on FB share you and that their friends share you too. Willy

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  6. So its 2016 now, there's no new info on this so called bf?

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    1. No new information other than the mother and brother getting arrested for drugs: http://gangstersout.blogspot.ca/2016/03/mother-of-missing-woman-arrested-in.html

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    2. all charges against Emma's mom have been dropped as of Nov2016

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