A missing Abbotsford, B.C., woman who has not been seen for more than two years might have been spotted in the nearby Fraser Valley community of Chilliwack, police said.
Investigators believe Candace Amanda Shpeley may be being held against her will and say they are concerned for her safety, said Dale Carr, a spokesman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, which includes the RCMP and several municipal police forces.
The reported sightings of Shpeley have all placed her at the Price Mart Foods, Wal-Mart and around the downtown area of Chilliwack, according to police. One of the reports claims Shpeley, who was 23 at the time of her disappearance, was spotted getting into a green truck.
The sightings were noted on a Facebook page without being reported to police, but investigators are taking them seriously, said Carr.
"Because they have come from different sources, we are taking them a little more seriously than your average sighting of an individual that's been missing for two years," said Carr.
Last seen in 2007
Shpeley was reported missing to the Abbotsford police in April 2007. At the time, police said it was unusual for the mother of three young children not to return home.
'Candace, if you hear this, please go visit your site, contact us, send me an email, use your favourite special name.' — Barry Shpeley
The IHIT was called in to investigate the case and when a vehicle belonging to Shipley was found in East Vancouver, investigators said they suspected she may have met with foul play.
Over the past two years, investigators have followed up on a number of tips without success, but in the past month investigators learned of the sightings reported on Facebook, according to Carr.
On Monday morning, Shpeley's father, Barry, spoke to reporters on the same street corner where her car was found two years ago and asked her to call home if she is alive.
"Candace, if you hear this, please go visit your site, contact us, send me an email, use your favourite special name ... and I can't say that because I don't want everybody sending me an email, but you know what I used to call you, use that in the email, and I will know it's you," he said. "Just let me know that you are alright; that's all I want to know."
Police are requesting that anyone who has seen Candace Shpeley call 911 or Crimestoppers.