It’s a parent’s worst nightmare.
Emma Fillipoff of Perth has been missing almost six years, and to this day, her mother, Shelley, hasn’t had a moment’s peace, but a new tip in her child’s disappearance may help locate the now 32-year-old once and for all.
Emma was last seen in Victoria, B.C., on Nov. 28, 2012 at age 26. She will be 33 in January.
Victoria police located Emma standing barefoot by The Empress Hotel and talked to her for 45 minutes before determining she was safe to continue on her way. She told them she was taking a walk, heading to see a friend.
The prepaid credit card she purchased on the morning she disappeared was used five days later at a gas station in Colwood, BC.
Now, a witness, known only as William, has reached out to Shelley via email to tell her that he had given Emma a ride early the following morning.
William said that Emma was headed in the direction of Colwood, still shoeless, at 5:15 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2012.
It was with mixed emotions that Fillipoff spoke with The Perth Courier about this most recent tip she received earlier this summer.
“I have very confused emotions,” she said. “I’m trying to hope for the best while preparing for the worst at the same time.”
Fillipoff said she spoke with William in the summer, after he’d emailed a bit back and forth.