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Experts : Not a ‘suicide’ letter

In March 2014 Emma Fillipoff’s mother, Shelley, approached the fifth estate to tell her daughter’s story and help find her.

As part of our process to help the Fillipoff family get some answers, we enlisted the help of five experts --- a criminologist, a homicide investigator, a language expert, a search and rescue expert and a forensic psychologist. We provided each with a background file on the case and asked them to weigh in with their opinions on what may have happened to Emma.


Dr. Michael Woodworth is a forensic psychologist and Professor at UBC Okanagan. His primary areas of research include criminal behaviour and deception detection. A year before she disappeared, Emma wrote a letter laying out what to do with her personal belongings.