WATCH: A new search is underway this weekend for a missing Victoria woman. Emma Fillipoff disappeared six years ago, and all efforts to find her have been fruitless. But as Kori Sidaway tells us, a new lead is giving her family renewed hope.
For the past six years, it was believed Emma was last seen in on Nov. 28 2012 by Victoria Police who’d responded to reports of a woman — barefoot — acting strangely outside the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
“You’re not wearing shoes. Her response was ‘I’m just working through some things right now, I’m just going for a walk,'” said Sgt. Jamie McRae of Victoria Police in an interview to the Fifth Estate in 2015.
And that was the last known sighting of Emma, until this summer.
And that new lead sparked hope, and a renewed search.
“It was the first viable tip, it was the first tip that I had a gut reaction to,” said Shelley.
“It showed that she was alive past the time that she saw the police.”
Now, a private search led by famed dog searcher Kim Cooper, is underway over the weekend and into Monday. The dog-led search covers multiple locations extending from the Gorge all the way to Goldstream Park.
“They said that the tip was too old, it was no longer a viable tip and did nothing to follow it up,” said Shelley.
Victoria Police were unable to comment today, but anyone who has seen Emma, knows where she may be, or has any information leading up to her disappearance is still being asked to call law enforcement.