WATCH: Monday will mark the four year anniversary of Emma Fillipoff’s disappearance. April Lawrence has the latest on the investigation.
She’s described as artistic and dreamy, a lover of the outdoors, but Emma Fillipoff, who would be 31 in January, hasn’t been seen in four years.
“Every day I hope the same thing that the phone will ring and it’ll be Emma and she’ll say hi mom it’s me,” said Emma’s mom Shelley Fillipoff from her home in Ontario.
It’s been a challenging year for Shelley Fillipoff — she was charged with a series of drug and weapons offenses after an investigation involving one of her sons.
But last week all charges against her were dropped.
“I am relieved that the truth finally came out,” she said.
“One of my big concerns was that the focus was being taken away from Emma and put on me.”
Emma was last seen November 28th, 2012.
Surveillance tape shows her going into a downtown Victoria convenience store to buy a cell phone.
Hours later she’s spotted barefoot outside the Fairmont Empress hotel.
Two police officers question her then let her leave and she hasn’t been seen since.
Victoria Police say Emma Fillipoff’s disappearance is still being actively investigated by Major Crimes detectives.
They say tips continue to come in although they aren’t able to say how many they’ve received in the past four years.
Shelley says the best lead she’s had in the past four years is surveillance video from a Vancouver clothing store in 2014.
It shows a man who reportedly ripped down one of Emma’s missing posters and claimed she was his girlfriend and didn’t want to be found.
The man has never been identified.
“I think if we could have found him and talked to him we could have, well, the story might have ended there,” said Shelley.
Instead there are still very few clues as to what might have happened to Emma.
Many recall her unusual behaviour in the days leading up to her disappearance, and her mom believes she had possibly become a paranoid schizophrenic, leaving her vulnerable.
After all of this time, Shelley says she’s starting to fight the feeling the worst may have happened.
“I still have hope she will be found, whether or not she will be found alive, that’s a different matter, that I don’t know and I don’t like to speculate,” she said.
Emma’s family is offering a $25,000 reward for information that helps find her.
If you know anything, call Victoria Police or Crime Stoppers.
For more information and a timeline of events leading up to Emma’s disappearance and the investigation that followed click here.