As Indigenous leaders and communities mark Red Dress Day, local police say they are continuing their search for one woman missing since 2005.
May 5th is a national day of awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and emerged out of the ongoing art project REDress by Metis artist Jaime Black.
VicPD says they are marking the occasion by recommitting to an ongoing search for missing woman, Belinda Ann Cameron.
Cameron was last seen on May 11th, 2005, at the Shoppers Drug Mart in the 800-block of Esquimalt Road.
She was reported missing nearly a month later, on June 4th.
Officers say they conducted an extensive investigation and a series of searches but have never been able to find Cameron.
At the time of her disappearance, Cameron was described as a 42-year-old Indigenous woman, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium to large build, weighing approximately 170 pounds.
She wore her long, dark brown hair with a part in the middle, had dark brown eyes, and wore silver-framed glasses.
VicPD says the missing woman’s daughters are now adults and are seeking to understand their mother’s disappearance.
“Our detectives are committed to bringing closure to Belinda’s family and believe that somebody knows what happened to Belinda,” the police said in a statement.
Cameron’s disappearance is considered suspicious and police say they believe she was the victim of foul play. Her file is being investigated as a homicide.
Anyone with information about Belinda Ann Cameron’s whereabouts or who may know what happened to her is asked to call VicPD’s historical case review office at 250-995-7390.
Anonymous reports can be made through Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.