Vancouver police are investigating after a man went into a Gastown store to throw out posters about the disappearance of Emma Fillipoff, claiming the woman wasn’t missing at all.
The 27-year-old woman, who went missing Nov. 28, 2012, was last seen in Victoria near the Fairmont Empress hotel.
Vancouver store owners Joel and Lori Sellen saw a man in their store throwing out the poster.
“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. Police have distributed images of the man that were captured on security cameras and asking for the public’s help in identifying the man or finding Fillipoff.
Victoria police have explored more than 200 leads, turning up minimal information. Most evidence indicates Fillipoff was planning to return home to Ottawa, but there’s no proof she ever left the Island.
Anyone with information about Fillipoff is asked to call Victoria police at 250-995-7654.
— Campbell River Courier Islander