'THE UNCERTAINTY IS THE WORST PART ABOUT IT'

Tricia Leslie :: Abbotsford Times

He was hoping the family would hear from Candace shpeley on Tuesday, her brother's birthday. But the call never came, so Candace's father Barry Shpeley is now fearing the worst.

"You try to keep your hopes up but this was another big letdown for me," Shpeley said, adding he hoped they would have heard from Candace at Easter. "I can't believe it's been so long without a call....now I'm thinking the worst has happened."

Candace, a 23-year-old Abbotsford mother of three, has been missing since March 31. Although her car was found in southeast vancouver recently, there is no news about her disappearance.

"I'm wondering where her cellphone is, where her car keys are," Shpeley said. "She just got that car-before that, she used to walk everywhere, so I can't see her dumping it like that."

Shpeley said Candace's childres, aged, six, five and three, are in the care of family members. "They have been told mommy is lost now - one of the kids at school told them," he said. "They're starting to really miss their mommy."

Shpeley said he's hoping Abbotsford police come up with some new information on Candace's whereabouts. In the mean time, he said, he and his family are trying to make it through each day. " The uncertainty is the worst part about it," he said. "We're doing the best we can,"

Abbotsford police Const. Casey Vinet said the Shpeley investigation remains a top priority for police/

Anyone with information is asked to call Abbotsford police at 604-859-5225

CONCERN GROWS FOR MISSING ABBY WOMAN

Robert Freeman and Rochelle Baker :: The Progress

The signs are growing more ominous by the day for Barry Shpeley, father of missing Abbotsford mom Candace Shpeley. After a weekend putting up missing person posters in Surrey and Vancouver, Shpeley said the family has still heard no word about the 23-year-old mother of three, who has not been seen since March 31 when she had lunch with her brother at the A&W restaurant in downtown Chilliwack.

Neither her credit card nor cell hone has been used in recent days, Shpeley told The Progress yesterday, "We haven't heard anything."

Abbotsford police are asking for pubic help locating the young mother. "There's no question. as each day goes by, our concern grows," Const. Casey Vinet said.

He added that Candace was a responsible mother who always made arrangements for her children, and had no history of going missing.

"This is totally out of character for her," he said. Vinet said the Surrey RCMP ran the license plate of Candace's car twice when it was observed parked outside a suspected drug house in the Guilford.Fleetwood area os the city.

But her father rejected the idea that his daughter has been led astray by drugs, although she had been dating a person who had been in jail.

"Anyone who knows Candace knows she didn't do drugs," he said. Shpeley is now putting advertisements in as many community newspapers as he can, hoping someone will recognize his daughter and call police.

But he admitted yesterday that he is "starting to think the worst" about her fate. "The Abbotsford Police Department is doing everything they can to find her," he said. "We just want Candace back."

Candace is five feet, one inch tall and weighs 122 pounds. She has light brown hair and brown eyes. She drives a 1995 Green Pontiac Grand Am with the B.C.c license plate 695-KXD. Anyone with information should call Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225

HOPE FADE FOR MISSING ABBOTSFORD MOTHER

Dan Ferguson :: Black Press

Woman last seen in surrey

Every school morning since her daughter disappeared, Kathryne Shpeley has bundled her grand-daughters into her car and made the 45 minute drive from her home in Chilliwack to their school in Abbotsford.

Then, she waits for five-year-old Samantha and six-year-old Emily to finish their classes. She'll sit in the elementary school parking lot reading a book or go for coffee until they're done.

The two girls have been staying with Kathryne and Barry Shpeley since their mother, 23-year-old Abbotsford residence Candace Shpeley, went missing on the March 31 weekend.

"They say goodnight to her before they go to sleep every night," Barry Shpeley said. "We've told them the truth. Mommy is missing and the police are looking for her."

Candace's son, three-year-old Marshall, is staying with his other grandparents. On Wednesday, Barry Shpeley said Abbotsoford police have advised him that his daughter was last seen in Surrey. An eyewitness claimes he spoke to Candace Shpeley near 98th avenue and 120th street about 1 a.m. on Sunday April 1.

She wanted to go out partying but he was too tired and turned her down, the man said. She hasn't been seen or heard from since. The single mom was reported missing after she failed to pick up her three children after the weekend.

Police said the last call on her cell phone was made somewhere near the Surrey/ Langley border.

Her car, a blue 1995 Pontiac Grand Am, was found abandoned in Vancouver two weeks later. Surrey RCMP have disclosed that they ran the license plate of Candace's car twice when it was parked outside a suspected drug house in the Guilford/ Fleetwood area.

Her bank account has not been touched.

Candace turned 24 on May 31. Her parents and children celebrated the event in her absence last week with the girls creating home-made birthday cards with red construction paper, glue and glitter. Barry released 24 balloons in a local park.

Kathryne still hopes her daughter will turn up alive, while her husband Barry is expecting the worst. "To be honest, I've lost hope," Barry said.

Candace Shpeley is Caucasian and stands 5'1" 123 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

MISSING WOMAN WAS IN SURREY.

Tricia Leslie :: Now

Abbotsford police are hoping the car belonging to Abbotsford woman Candace Shpeley, which was found in Vancouver Thursday, will help them track down the missing mother.

Shpeley's father Barry, along with the family members, friends and Abbotsford police Const. Casey Vinet were in surrey Saturday to put up posters of Candace and her car. "Finding the car is and important step in the investigation," Vinet said. "Investigators will be looking for any clues in the vehicle that can lead us to her...we're hoping to pinpoint where the car was before it got to where it was found."

Shpeley, 23, has been missing since March 31, when she didn't arrive to pick up her children, aged six, five and three, form her estranged husband's home. She is 5'1" tall, 122 pounds, with light brown hair and brown eyes.

Police are focusing on the Surrey area because Shpeley was in surrey at least twice prior to her disappearance. Although there are no signs of foul play, police are treating the situation as suspicious, Vinet said. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 604-859-5225

MISSING ABBOTSFORD MOM'S CAR FOUND IN VANCOUVER

Tricia Leslie :: Abbotsford Times

A young Abbotsford mother of three is still missing after two weeks,
But police have located her car. Candace Shpeley's green Pontiac
Grand Am was found parked in southeast Vancouver by a woman who
Recognized it after seeing it in a newscast Wednesday night.

"This an important step in the investigation," said Const. Casey
Vinet.

"We'll be looking for any evidence that may further the investigation.
At this moment, there are no obvious clues that point to what may have
happened"

Shpeley, 23, has not been seen since March 31 when she had lunch
with her brother at the A&W Restaurant in Chilliwack. Her car is now
under examination.

It appears it was parked in Vancouver for several days, as Vinet.
The car has a distinctive cross-shaped decal on the rear window, and
Investigators ask anyone with information on the missing woman or her
Vehicle to call police.

"We're hoping somebody recognizes the decal, so we can piece
together where the vehicle may have been before it was found," said
Vinet.

Candace Shpeley is Caucasian. 155 cm (five feet and one inch)
tall and 55 kgs (122 lbs). She has light brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information can call Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225
or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

'I JUST WANT MY DAUGHTER HOME'

Tricia Leslie :: Abbotsford Times

An emotional Barry Shpeley appealed to the public to help find his daughter, Candace, while in Abbotsford Wednesday.

Candace, an Abbotsford resident and single mother of three, has been missing since March 31. She was last seen after having lunch with her brother at the A&W in Chilliwack. "I just want my daughter home," Barry said.

"Somebody knows something. Somebody has seen something. She smokes a half-pack of cigarettes a day - she has to be buying cigarettes," he said, his voice breaking. I'm starting to think the worst."

He pleaded with the public to look for Candace and her car, a teal- coloured Pontiac Grand Am with tinted back windows, license plate number 695-KXD. Although Candace's cellphone was used at 1 a.m. on April 1, Abbotsford police Const. Casey Vinet said her bank account, phone records and border reports show no activity.

Although there's no sign of foul play, Vinet said police are treating Candace's disappearance as suspicious. Police are focusing their investigation in Surrey. Her car was confirmed by police as having been at a Fleetwood area home prior to her disappearance.

"We believe one person out there has a piece of the puzzle that will help us understand what happened," Vinet said. Anyone with any information is asked to call Abbotsford police at 604-859-5225.

Shpeley still missing: Last seen March 31

Tricia Leslie :: Abbotsford Times

Candace Shpeley, an Abbotsford mother of three, is still missing after a month.
Her dad Barry Shpeley says it's as if she's vanished off the face of the earth.

"She missed Easter and her brother's birthday. And there have been no confirmed
sightings of her", he said.

Shpeley was last seen Saturday March 31 after having lunch with her brother at the
A&W Restaurant in downtown Chilliwack. Her green Pontiac Grand Am was found parked in southeast Vancouver two weeks after she went missing. Police said it has provided no obvious clues to her disappearance.

Abbotsford Police are concerned because the young mother has no9 history of going missing. Abbotsford Police Const. Casey Vinet said her diappearance is still a high priority for the department. "We have several officers who have been working steadily on it since day one," he said

Candace Shpeley is caucasian, 155 centimetres (five feet one inch) tall and 55 kg (122 lbs). She has light brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information can call Abbotsford Police at 604- 859-5225

POLICE APPEAL FOR HELP: MOM MISSING

Rochelle Baker :: Abbotsford News

Abbotsford police are asking for the public's help in locating a 23-year-old mother of three who went missing Saturday.

"We were contacted by her family, and we're concerned because this is unlike her. It's a mystery for us," said Const. Casey Vinet Thursday.

Candace Shpeley was last seen Saturday March 31 after having lunch with her brother at the A&W Restaurant in downtown Chilliwack.

Vinet said although police are worried because Shpeley has no history of going missing, there is no evidence of foul play. The young mother was scheduled to pick up her three children aged six,five and two on Sunday, but failed to appear.

Police are following a number of leads Vinet said. Her car - a 1995 Green Pontiac Grand Am with the B.C. license plate 695 KXD - was believed seen in Surrey late Saturday evening.

Cell phone records also indicate her mobile was used somewhere near the Langley/ Surrey border Sunday afternoon.

Shpeley is Caucasian, 155 cm (five feet once inch) tall and 55 kilograms (122 lbs). She has light brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Abbotsford police at 604-859-5225.

MOM WENT MISSING AFTER LUNCH IN CHILLIWACK

Dan Ferguson :: Black Press

There is still no sign of the missing 23-year-old mother of three that disappeared from Chilliwack more than a week ago.

Abbottsford Police department was contacted by the concerned family of Candace Shpeley, who was last seen March 31 in the Chilliwack A&W after she and her brother had lunch there.

The missing woman has no history of disappearances in the past, and so far there is no evidence of foul play.

Shpeley was due to pick up her children at their father's home last Sunday, but failed to materialize at the appointed time. Police have been busy following leads, such as what happened to her car a 1995 Green Pontiac Grand Am, with the license plate 695 KXD which was seen in Surrey the night she went missing.

Her cell phone records also indicate a call was made near Surrey the day after.

Shpeley is described as 155 centimetres (five feet and one inch) tall and 55 kgs (122 lbs) with light brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about the missing woman is asked to call Abbottsford Police at 604-859-5225.

FAMLIY STEPS UP SEARCH AFTER WOMAN’S CAR IS FOUND

Tricia Leslie :: Abbotsford Times

Steve Shpeley, The brother of the missing Abbotsford woman Candace Shpeley, was the last person to see Candace before she went missing. Steve puts posters up around Guilford area in Surrey in hopes of generating leads to Candace whereabouts.

Abbotsford police are hoping the car belonging to Abbotsford woman Candace Shpeley that was found in Vancouver Thursday will help them track down the missing mother.

Shpeley’s Father, Barry, along with family members and friends and Abbotsford police Const. Casey Vinet were in Surrey on Saturday to put up posters of Candace and her car. (Finding the car) is important step in the investigation, Vinet said.

Investigators well be looking for any clues in the vehicle that can lead us to her … we’re hoping to pinpoint where it was found.

Shpeley, 23, has been missing since march 31, when she didn’t arrive to pick up her children, aged six, five and three, from her strange husband’s home.

She is 5’ 1” tall, 122 lbs, with light brown hair and brown eyes. Police are focusing on the Surrey area because Shpeley was in Surrey at least twice prior to her disappearances. Although there are no signs of foul play, police are treating the situation as suspicious, Vinet said. Anyone with information is ask to call Abbotsford police at 604 859-5225

COPS FIELD TIPS ON MISSING MOM

Staff Reporter :: The Province

Abbotsford police are spending the long weekend probing new tips into the mysterious disappearance of Candace Shpeley. The 23-year-old mother of three hasn't been seen since she had lunch with her brother at a Chilliwack A&W restaurant on March 31.

Sgt. Daffyd Hermann said recent news reports about the missing mom have generated some leads for investigators. Police have called Shpeley a responsible mother, adding that it is out of character for her to vanish without a trace. Shpeley was suppose to have picked up her three small children from their father's home, but she didn't show up.

Shpeley is five feet one inch tall and 122 pounds. She has light-brown hair and brown eyes. She was driving a green 1995 Pontiac Grand Am, B.C. license plates No. 695 KXD. Anyone with information is asked to call Abbotsford police at 604-859-5225.

BALLOONS MARK HER BIRTHDAY

Glenda Luymes :: The Province

PARENTS OF YOUNG ABBOTSFORD MOTHER OBSERVE 24TH BIRTHDAY, PLEA FOR HELP FINDING HER.

Two months after his daughter disappeared, Barry Shpeley released 24 balloons into the sky above Abbotsford yesterday to mark her birthday.

"My little girl is 24," he said "I'm not going to forget. I'm not going to let this fall by the wayside."

Candace Shpeley was last seen on Saturday, March 31. The mother of three had lunch with her brother at the A&W in Chilliwack before going out with friends in Surrey. Her car was found abandoned in Vancouver two weeks later. Still clinging to hope, Candace's parents have put p more than 700 posters in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver. There have been no new leads.

"Someone knows something," said Shpeley. "Someone has to know where she is and what's happened."

Abbotsford Const. Casey Vinet said police have no specific information that foul play is involved. "But it's not lost on our minds that it has been two months," he said. " The family is desperate for answers and we want to give them those answers as soon as possible."

Shpeley said Candace's daughters, five-year-old Samantha and six-year-old Emily, miss their mom and made her birthday cards.

"They know their mommy is missing," he said. "I try to keep positive for them, but I know something's not right here. She's missed Easter, her brother's birthday, Mother's day. "Candace's son, Marshall, will be three July 6. "That will be a hard day." Shpeley said he often took Candace out for a birthday dinner. "I'd let her choose the place - or if it was nice [weather], we'd do a barbecue. I'd get her a present."

The emotional father made this plea: "I just want everyone out there to know my daughter would go out of her way to help someone in trouble. If anyone knows anything please, please come forward."

FATHER TAKES SEARCH TO WEB

Staff Reporter :: Abbotsford times

Barry Shpeley is taking the search for his missing daughter to
the internet with a new website [www.candaceamandashpeley.ca].

Shpeley's daughter Candace, a 24-year-old Abbotsford mother
of three, has been missing since March 31.

He is starting the site to get the word out and said he hopes to get
pictures of the family, links to all the newspaper articles on Candace,
and even video up on the site.

Candace's care was found in Vancouver, but police are focusing their investigation in Surrey because she was there at least twice prior to her disappearance.

Anyone with information is asked to call Abbotsford police at 604-859-5225.

FATHER OF MISSING WOMAN HOPES NEW WEBSITE WILL HELP IN SEARCH

Elaine O’Connor :: The Province

The father of missing Abbotsford mother Candace Shpeley is hoping that a new
website will help in the search for his daughter. Having put up posters for months, Barry Shpeley is now uploading info and soliciting tips online at www.candaceamandashpeley.ca.

Shpeley, 24, went missing on March 31. The mother of three children has not been seen since. "I don't know what I am hoping for. I am just hoping to find my daughter," Barry Shpeley said yesterday. "I just hope it does something. The police seem not to be going anywhere. Nothing against them, they are really working hard on it, but they just don't seem able to give me anything.

"Some of the people they are dealing with haven't been very forthcoming, so I'm hoping that this might be a way to get some kind of information-to just get the word out there."

Shpeley's car, a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am, was found in southeast vancouver two weeks after she went missing. Police said they had previously seen her car parked outside a suspected drug house in Guildford.

Police are focusing their search in Surrey, where she was last seen. A man claimed he spoke to her at about 1am on April 1 near 98th Avenue and 120th street. She'd wanted to go partying but he declined.

She has not touched her bank account. Her three-year-old son Marshall, her four-year-old daughter Samantha and her six-year-old daughter Emily are staying with their grandparents. Anyone with information is asked to call Abbotsford police at 604-859-5225.

Local families try to remain hopeful as two young people still missing

SHEENA JACKSON :: Abbotsford News

The families of two missing children in Abbotsford and Mission are holding out hope their loved ones are safe and alive but admit it’s hard to stay positive.
Barry Shpeley’s 24-year-old daughter Candace has been missing for almost four months.

The young mother-of-three was last seen on the evening of March 31 with friends in Surrey. She was due to collect her children the next day, but never turned up.
Her car was found in Vancouver, shortly after her disappearance, but police said there were no obvious clues indicating why she disappeared.

Shpeley has started a website – www.candaceamandashpeley.ca – which he hopes will attract national coverage and lead to his daughter’s safe return.
Right now, the website features a picture of Candace and a link to where information can be posted (tips@candaceamandashpeley.ca)

“We’re holding together,” Shpeley. “Its a little hard. We’re trying and hoping
everything is going to work out.”

Gary Surtel’s 17-year-old son Jeff disappeared from his Mission home almost two and a half months ago, between midnight and 5 a.m. on April 29.
Neighbours were the last people to see Jeff riding off on his bike.
Searches of the area by police, locals and a poster campaign failed to find any trace of him.

The Surtel family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the boy’s safe return but, so far, no information leading to his whereabouts has come forward.

“There’s no news, there’s no tips coming in,” said Gary Surtel.”It’s dried right up.”
Both fathers say they will not give up on their children, but admit not knowing why or how they disappeared is difficult.

“I feel that it’s bad,” said Shpeley.

“We found her car and she was so proud of that car. Why would she drop it and leave it there?”

Shpeley also finds it hard to understand why she missed important events like her 24th birthday on May 31, Easter and, just recently. the birthday of her son Marshall, who turned three. “They [the kids] miss their mommy and say goodnight to her every night. Sometimes they have nightmares, but people say they’re pretty well adjusted for what’s going on.”

Surtel is at a loss to understand why his son, who was a good kid and enjoyed a good relationship with his parents, disappeared. “To wake up with his bed not slept in and the neighbours seeing him ride off, it’s just bizarre,” he said.

Both parents are thankful for the “great support” from their communities and the police, but they admit it’s hard keeping their hopes alive.

“I can’t believe this has happened,” said Shpeley. “She has just vanished. It’s so not like my daughter.”

Surtel feels the same. “We’re trying to remain positive but as time goes on we wonder, why hasn’t he called?” he said. “Some days I think he’s just run away, on others I think, maybe he committed suicide. It’s just highs and lows type of thing,” said Surtel.

“It’s just a mystery. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody, that’s for sure.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Candace Shpeley is urged to call Abbotsford police at 604-859-5225 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Anyone with information on Jeff Surtel should call Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161.

MOTHER LAST SEEN LOCALLY

Staff Reporter :: Chilliwack Progress

The Abbotsford Police department is asking for the public's help in locating a 23-year-old mother of three who has been missing for more that a week.

Candace Shpeley was last seen Saturday, March 31 after having lunch with her brother at the A&W Restaurant in downtown Chilliwack.

Shpeley was scheduled to pick up her three children the following day but she failed to show. Her whereabouts are unknown.

She has a vehicle, a 1995 green Pontiac Grand Am, with the B.C. license plate 695 KXD. The car was believed to have been in Surrey late Saturday evening. At this time police have found no evidence of foul play, but they are concerned because Shpeley does not have a history of going missing.

She is described as a Caucasian female, 155 cm (five feet, one inch) and 55kg (123 pounds). Anyone with information or who may have seen Shpeley
is asked to call 604-859-5225.

FAMILY FEARS THE WORST FOR CANDACE

Rochelle Baker :: Abbotsford News

The father of missing Abbotsford mother Candace Shpeley made an emotional appeal to the public yesterday for information that might explain his daughter's disappearance.

Barry Shpeley of Chilliwack said his family is extremely worried. "I'm starting to think the worst," Shpeley said. "The Abbotsford Police Department is doing everything they can to find her, we just want Candace back."

His voice broke when he spoke of how he's explaining Candace's disappearance to her children. "Mommy's sick. That's what we're telling them. What else do you tell a two, five and six year old? We don't know what else to tell them. We don't know what is going on."

Candace Shpeley, 23-year-old mother of three, has not been since March 31 when she had lunch with her brother at the A&W Restaurant in downtown Chilliwack. She was scheduled to pick up her children on Sunday, but failed to appear.

Abbotsford Police also reiterated their plea for the public's help in locating the young mother. "There is no question as each day goes by our concern grows," Const. Casey Vinet said.

He added that Candace was a responsible mother who always made arrangements for her children and had no history of going missing. "This is totally out of character for her," he said.

Shpeley said his daughter always called if she was going to be late to pick up her kids. "Holidays are very important in this family. At Easter we figured for sure she would call and she hasn't. That's what scares us," he said. "It's way too long for her not to wonder how her kids are."

The Abbotsford department has made the file a priority and assigned nine investigators to the case. Police are now treating Candace's disappearance as suspicious although there is still no concrete evidence of foul play.

Detectives are focusing their search in the Surrey where cell phone records indicate her mobile was used near the Langley/ Surrey border, and where her car was seen the night she disappeared.

Vinet said Surrey RCMP ran the license plate of Candace's car twice when it was parked outside a suspected drug house in the Guilford/ Fleetwood area of the city.
"We don't know what part, if any, that residence plays in her disappearance," said Vinet.

'STARTING TO THINK THE WORST'

Rochelle Baker :: Black Press

The father of missing Abbotsford mother Candace Shpeley made an emotional appeal to the public Wednesday for any information that might explain his daughter's disappearance.

Barry Shpeley, of Chilliwack, said his family jsut wants Candace back. His voice broke when he spoke of how he's explaining Candace's disappearance to her children. "Mommy's sick. That's what we're telling them. What else do you tell a two, five and six year old? We don't know what else to tell them."

Candace Shpley, a 23-year-old mother of three, has not been seen since Saturday, March 31 when she had lunch with her brother at the A&W Restaurant in downtown Chilliwack. She was scheduled to pick up her children on Sunday , but failed to appear.

Detectives are focusing their search in Surrey where cell phone records indicate her mobile was used near the Langley/ Surrey border, and where her car was seen the night she disappeared.

Abbotsford Const. Casey Vinet said Surrey RCMP ran the license plate of Candace's car twice when it was parked outside a suspected drug house in the Guilford/ Fleetwood area."We don't know what part, if any, that residence plays in her disappearance." said Vinet who would not say whether she was known to use drugs. "We are examining all aspects of Candace's life right now, and we aren't ruling out any possibilities," he said.

Candace's dad said while his daughter had male friends he wasn't sure if she had a boyfriend. "My daughter was dating someone who had been in jail. He's been released, but I believe she was no longer dating him," Shpeley said.

Abbotsford police are now treating Candace's disappearance as suspicious although there is still no evidence of foul play, said Vinet.

Candace Shpeley is Caucasian, 5'1" and 122 lbs. She has light brown hair and brown eyes. Her car is a 1995 green Pontiac Grand Am with B.C. license plate 695-KXD. Anyone with information should call Abbotsford police at 604-859-5225

Search for missing woman goes online

Sheena Jackson :: SURREY LEADER

Candace Shpeley should have been at home on July 6 celebrating the third birthday of her youngest child, Marshall. But instead her parents and three children were at home, wondering where their daughter and mommy was and why she wasn’t there.

The 24-year-old disappeared almost four months ago, on the evening of March 31 with friends in Surrey. She was due to collect her children the next day, but never turned up.

Desperate to find his daughter, Barry Shpeley has taken his search to the Internet and started a website (http://www.candaceamandashpeley.ca) in the hope it will attract national coverage and lead to his daughter’s safe return.

Right now, there’s not much on the site except a picture of Candace and a link to where information can be posted (tips@candaceamandashpeley.ca) but Shpeley plans to post more pictures and information about his daughter at the end of the month.

“We’re holding together,” said Shpeley. “It’s a little hard. We’re trying and hoping everything is going to work out.”

An eyewitness told police he spoke to Candace Shpeley near 98 Avenue and 120 Street in Surrey about 1 a.m. on Sunday, April 1. She wanted to go out partying but he was too tired and turned her down, the man said. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

The last call on her cell phone was made somewhere near the Surrey-Langley border. Her car, a blue 1995 Pontiac Grand Am, was found abandoned in Vancouver two weeks later.

Surrey RCMP have disclosed that they ran the license plate of Candace’s car twice when it was parked outside a suspected drug house in the Guildford/Fleetwood area.

Her bank account has not been touched.

Candace Shpeley is Caucasian, 5’1”, 123 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Missing woman's car found in Vancouver

Vancouver Sun :: Published: Friday, April 13, 2007

A car belonging to missing Abbotsford woman Candace Shpeley has been found in southeast Vancouver.

The 1995 green Pontiac Grand Am was recovered Thursday after a Vancouver resident recognized the license plate 695 KXD Wednesday night and alerted police.
The car is believed to have been parked on the Vancouver roadway for several days.

But Abbotsford police say they are still no closer to finding Shpeley, 23, who was last seen March 31 after having lunch with her brother at an A&W in downtown Chilliwack.

She was supposed to pick up her three children in Abbotsford but never showed up.
Police say they have no evidence of foul play in Shpeley’s disappearance but are treating it as suspicious.

Seven detectives have been assigned to the case.

Earlier this week, police said Shpeley may be somewhere in Surrey, where she has friends. Twice Surrey police checked her license plate the night she went missing.
Shpeley is Caucasian, 5-foot-1, and weights 122 pounds. She has light brown hair and brown eyes.

Police are asking anyone with information on Shpeley’s whereabouts to call the Abbotsford police at 604-859-5255 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Missing woman's dad celebrates her birthday and calls for help

Glenda Luymes :: The Province

Two months after his daughter disappeared, Barry Shpeley released 24 helium balloons into the sky above Abbotsford yesterday to mark her birthday.
"My little girl is 24," he said."I'm not going to forget. I'm not going to let this fall by the wayside."

24-year-old Candace Shpeley, mother of three who has been missing since Saturday March 31,

Candace Shpeley was last seen on Saturday, March 31.
The mother of three had lunch with her brother at the A&W in Chilliwack before going out with friends in Surrey. Her car was found abandoned in Vancouver two weeks later. Still clinging to hope, Candace's parents have put up more than 700 posters in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver.

There have been no new leads. "Someone knows something," said Shpeley. "Someone has to know where she is [and] what's happened."

Abbotsford Const. Casey Vinet said police have no specific information that foul play is involved. "But it's not lost on our minds that it has been two months," he said. "The family is desperate for answers and we want to give them those answers as soon as possible."

Shpeley said Candace's daughters, five-year-old Samantha and six-year-old Emily, miss their mom and made her birthday cards. "They know their mommy is missing," he said. "I try to keep positive for them, but I know something's not right here. She's missed Easter, her brother's birthday, Mother's Day."
Candace's son, Marshall, will be three on July 6. "That will be a hard day."

Shpeley said he often took Candace out for a birthday dinner.
"I'd let her choose the place - or if it was nice [weather], we'd do a barbecue. I'd get her a present."

The emotional father made this plea: "I just want everyone out there to know my daughter would go out of her way to help someone in trouble. If anyone knows anything, please, please come forward."

MISSING: The wait is worst

Tricia Leslie :: The Times

Three families hang onto hope and struggle for some sense of normalcy

The hope. The horror. The ever-existing anguish and uncertainty of not knowing where a missing family member might be, if he or she is alive, in pain, injured or the unthinkable - dead.

Three people have gone missing in recent months from Abbotsford and Mission, and while police and RCMP investigators continue to keep the files open and search for answers, the parents and families of the missing people somehow carry on with their lives.

"I guess I'm alright. I'm as good as you can expect for not knowing anything," said Barry Shpeley, whose daughter, Candace, went missing on March 31.
Shpeley visited Abbotsford police investigators on Thursday, hoping for an update, but there was no news.

Abbotsford's Barry Shpeley drives around town with a poster of his missing daughter Candace on the back of his van.

Meanwhile, Shpeley is busy helping raise two of Candace's three children with his wife, monitoring Candace's website [see timeline] and is back at his job.
"Not knowing anything is worse than knowing," Shpeley said.
"When Mother's Day came, the kids made their Nana a card . . . that was hard - the worst."

In Mission, 17-year-old Jeff Surtel's parents are still wondering what happened to him. The Grade 11 Hatzic Secondary School student disappeared on his mountain bike sometime between 11 p.m. April 28 and 7 a.m. April 29. Like Candace, Jeff's bank account has not shown any activity since his disappearance.

"It just doesn't make sense that this kid who didn't like going outside or riding his bike would get on his bike in the middle of the night and ride away, never to be seen again," Gary Surtel told the Times in July. "Now, we just have to wait," mom Dawn said.

On the July 20 to 22 weekend, a pair of Abbotsford parents already grieving the loss of one son received news that their other son was missing.

Beric Bason, 26, is the brother of Canadian Forces reservist Master Cpl. Colin Bason, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on July 4. Beric was last seen at Loon Lake Resort near Clinton.

Parents Ann and Gary Bason are trying to stay positive, and Gary has visited the area three times [he was in Clinton on Thursday, on his third trip] to look for his son. "I've hardly slept the last few days," Ann said.

She and Gary are hoping a psychic can help locate their missing child.
"The psychic said Beric is alongside a stream. [Gary and police] are going out today [Thursday] to look for him. Gary's going to keep on looking to see if he can find anything."

Beric broke his back a year ago, Ann said."We're hoping he hasn't re-injured his back," she said.

Help with the heartbreak

Living in limbo while waiting for answers about loved ones can be tough on anyone.
That's why, according to Abbotsford police Const. Casey Vinet, Abbotsford Police Victim Services offers a variety of services for any police-related incident.
While the services provided through municipal victim services tend to focus on domestic violence and sexual abuse, Vinet said APVS members are trained to provide a wide range of support and can refer clients to extra help they may need, such as professional counselling.

"[APVS] provides a variety of services to victims of crime. They will tailor the services to the needs of the victim," Vinet said.
That can mean simply being around for emotional support,
giving someone a ride, or acting as a liaison between the victim and police.
"A missing person is very difficult for families to deal with . . . we see the heartbreak. We see how frustrating it can be," Vinet said.

"It is also difficult for the investigators, who want to get the families the answers they so desperately need."

Shpeley said he knows there are support services out there and has been made aware of them, from APVS to a victim phone line to wellness programs offered through jobs.

"We went and talked to a counsellor at the beginning. He's never had to deal with anything like this, but he made it clear he's always there for us to talk to," Shpeley said. "But there is so much support out there. Our friends, our family, our jobs - everybody has been really understanding and good to us."

Hanging onto hope Despite the support and help available, and despite encouragement from the community, family and friends, the Shpeleys, Surtels and Basons all have one thing in common - they are waiting for answers.

They're carrying on with their day-to-day lives, anticipating and fearing the ringing phone that may bring them the best news ever. Or the worst.

They all say that not knowing, however, feels like it's worse than having the information they want.

Some of them have put up posters - in more than one Lower Mainland or B.C. community - in hopes of finding their missing loved ones.

"I'm at my wits' end. I don't know what to do anymore. The biggest thing with us is that we don't have any answers," Shpeley said.

Some families offer a cash reward for any information.

The Surtels, for example, are offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the safe return of their son and try to remain upbeat - Surtel's younger brother, Rob, is also dealing with the lack of answers - but it can be tough.
"It feels like he's never coming back," Dawn said. She and Gary don't blame police, however, and give Mission RCMP investigators credit for "spending more time on this than some murder cases."

The Basons remain hopeful one of their sons is still alive as they struggle to deal with the other's sudden death. Sometimes, Ann said, it may be better not to have any answers. "We're still hopeful he's out there and alive," she said.
"No news is good news."

Father desperate to find his daughter: Missing 154 days

SHEENA JACKSON :: Abbottsford News

With a poster of his missing daughter on the back of his work van, Barry Shpeley gets up each day and goes to work, carrying on with life the best he can.

His 24-year-old daughter Candace was living in Abbottsford when she went missing 154 days ago.

Since then, Shpeley ‘s life has been turned upside down.

Along with his wife Kathryne, he’s taking care of two of his grandchildren – both starting kindergarten and school for the first time next week.
“It’s hard for the girls,” said Shpeley.

“They ask about her [Candace] and talk about how much they miss their mommy. They still say goodnight to mommy.”

Desperate to find any information on his daughter, Shpeley has started a website – www.candaceamandashpeley.ca – hoping someone will come forward with news.

So far, he has heard nothing.

The young mother-of-three was last seen on the evening of March 31 with friends in Surrey. She was due to collect her children the next day, but never turned up.
Her car was found in Vancouver, shortly after her disappearance, but police said there were no obvious clues indicating why she disappeared.

The website features a picture of Candace and a heartfelt explanation about why the site has been launched.

“Candace’s whole family is sick with worry, all the sleepless nights and tears do not stop, nor will they stop until we know ‘Our Candace’ is safe,” it states.

“We will not stop searching, we want Candace to know we will not give up looking for you or taking care of your children until you return home.”

Shpeley admits it tough on the whole family, but vows he will not give up hope of finding his daughter alive.

“I keep doing what we can, but there’s not much I can do,” he said, explaining he has searched various areas of Vancouver looking for his daughter.

“Like any other family, we have our ups and downs, but there’s no way I’m giving up until I know what’s happened to my daughter.”

Shpeley urged anyone with information about his daughter to contact him through his website.

Missing woman: Family still waits for some word

By Rochelle Baker - Abbotsford News Published: October 11, 2008 12:00 PM

Barry Shpeley’s life is a contrast in extremes.
Since his daughter Candace went missing from Abbotsford a year and a half ago, life goes on as normal – yet nothing is the same.
On Thursday afternoon, Shpeley, his wife Kathryne and their granddaughters putter around in the sun on their rural property just outside of Bridal Falls.
One of Candace’s three children, seven-year-old Emilee, is dragging off her “nana” in search of an enormous owl. Another, Semanntha, age six, is digging in the dirt to help Grandpa with his fire pit.
However, their mother Candace, a young woman of 24, is missing.
She simply vanished on March 31, 2007. Her parents, daughters and three-year-old son Marshall are left to deal with the aftermath.
“I wish I could say something new has come up [in the case], but there’s still nothing,” says Shpeley. “It’s like she’s walked off the face of the earth.
“Life continues,” he says, pausing. “We’re as normal as we can be under the circumstances.”
Shpeley is putting out yet another plea to the public to help with the search.
“I want my daughter found; I want to know what happened to her.”
With his daughter’s disappearance back in the news, Shpeley hopes perhaps Candace will respond and call, or people will remember something that will lead police to her. The file is still open, but police have told him there are no new leads in the case.
The last family member to see Candace was her brother Steven, who lunched with her at a Chilliwack A&W Restaurant the day she disappeared.
Scheduled to pick up her children the following day, Candace failed to show up – something that had never happened before.
The search for her was focused in north Surrey, where the young mom was believed to be visiting friends the night she went missing.
That same night, Surrey RCMP ran the licence plate of her car twice while it was parked outside a suspected drug house in North Surrey. Though the car was seen at the house, nobody has been able to confirm Candace was at the residence.
Her green 1995 Pontiac Grand Am was not seen again until found abandoned nine days later in the Renfrew area of South Vancouver. A search of the vehicle did not reveal any information to police.
Investigators feel that some people interviewed by police may be withholding information.
Shpeley is holding out hope that someone will provide the information they need to find his daughter.
“A person just doesn’t go missing. Candace talked to someone or somebody knows something,” he says.
It’s been six months since his last public appeal, and Shpeley is worried Candace is a forgotten item.
“It just makes me mad, that’s all. How does it come to this that so many young people go missing and society doesn’t care? There are reports the first couple months but then there’s no interest.”
He and his wife are raising their granddaughters and trying to keep busy. Marshall is in his dad’s custody. The girls are OK – they’re young, he says. But they still ask him if they’ll ever find mommy.
“You’re still hopeful,” he says. “I’m never giving up hope until somebody tells me differently.
“You never know. Things could change tomorrow and we could get that piece of info we’re looking for. That would be a nice one for Thanksgiving.”
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Candace Shpeley, they should contact Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225.

Missing woman: Family still waits for some word

By Rochelle Baker - Abbotsford News Published: October 11, 2008 12:00 PM

Barry Shpeley’s life is a contrast in extremes.
Since his daughter Candace went missing from Abbotsford a year and a half ago, life goes on as normal – yet nothing is the same.
On Thursday afternoon, Shpeley, his wife Kathryne and their granddaughters putter around in the sun on their rural property just outside of Bridal Falls.
One of Candace’s three children, seven-year-old Emilee, is dragging off her “nana” in search of an enormous owl. Another, Semanntha, age six, is digging in the dirt to help Grandpa with his fire pit.
However, their mother Candace, a young woman of 24, is missing.
She simply vanished on March 31, 2007. Her parents, daughters and three-year-old son Marshall are left to deal with the aftermath.
“I wish I could say something new has come up [in the case], but there’s still nothing,” says Shpeley. “It’s like she’s walked off the face of the earth.
“Life continues,” he says, pausing. “We’re as normal as we can be under the circumstances.”
Shpeley is putting out yet another plea to the public to help with the search.
“I want my daughter found; I want to know what happened to her.”
With his daughter’s disappearance back in the news, Shpeley hopes perhaps Candace will respond and call, or people will remember something that will lead police to her. The file is still open, but police have told him there are no new leads in the case.
The last family member to see Candace was her brother Steven, who lunched with her at a Chilliwack A&W Restaurant the day she disappeared.
Scheduled to pick up her children the following day, Candace failed to show up – something that had never happened before.
The search for her was focused in north Surrey, where the young mom was believed to be visiting friends the night she went missing.
That same night, Surrey RCMP ran the licence plate of her car twice while it was parked outside a suspected drug house in North Surrey. Though the car was seen at the house, nobody has been able to confirm Candace was at the residence.
Her green 1995 Pontiac Grand Am was not seen again until found abandoned nine days later in the Renfrew area of South Vancouver. A search of the vehicle did not reveal any information to police.
Investigators feel that some people interviewed by police may be withholding information.
Shpeley is holding out hope that someone will provide the information they need to find his daughter.
“A person just doesn’t go missing. Candace talked to someone or somebody knows something,” he says.
It’s been six months since his last public appeal, and Shpeley is worried Candace is a forgotten item.
“It just makes me mad, that’s all. How does it come to this that so many young people go missing and society doesn’t care? There are reports the first couple months but then there’s no interest.”
He and his wife are raising their granddaughters and trying to keep busy. Marshall is in his dad’s custody. The girls are OK – they’re young, he says. But they still ask him if they’ll ever find mommy.
“You’re still hopeful,” he says. “I’m never giving up hope until somebody tells me differently.
“You never know. Things could change tomorrow and we could get that piece of info we’re looking for. That would be a nice one for Thanksgiving.”
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Candace Shpeley, they should contact Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225.

'Where is she?' asks father

Candace Shpeley was last seen in Surrey nearly two years ago and there hasn't been a lead since

Ted Colley, Surrey Now
Published: Friday, January 09, 2009
It will soon be two years since Barry Shpeley's daughter disappeared and not knowing if she's dead or alive is wearing on him.
Candace Shpeley, 23 years old and the single mother of three small children, was living in Abbotsford on March 31, 2007, the day she vanished. Candace was last seen in Surrey. Her car was found abandoned in Vancouver.
Shpeley and his wife, Kathryne, are caring for two of their grandchildren, Candace's daughters. The third child, a boy, is living with his father.
Abbotsford police initially handled the missing person file, but eventually it was turned over to IHIT, a regional homicide team comprising investigators from the RCMP and several municipal forces.
The investigation has hit a wall and Barry Shpeley doesn't know where to turn for help.
He called a press conference at Surrey's provincial courthouse Wednesday hoping media attention might trigger a break in the case, but only local newspaper reporters showed up to hear what he had to say.
"I wish the TV people had come. I want this to go across Canada. The police say she hasn't left the country, so where is she?" Shpeley asked plaintively.
Shpeley said he picked the Surrey courthouse for his press conference because Candace was last seen in this city and the man he believes was the last person to see her was scheduled to appear there on an unrelated murder charge.
"The police told me she went to see him at his place in Surrey that day. I asked his lawyer for a face-to-face meeting with him to ask him about her, but he said he's not interested."
Shpeley isn't happy with IHIT's handling of the case either. He said the investigation appears to be stalled and he's getting little information from the police.
"I've been told that because there's no evidence that anything happened to her, they can't do anymore for her, that they can't get any warrants or anything," he said.
Shpeley also said four different detectives have taken the lead on his daughter's file since IHIT took over, leaving him to think the homicide squad isn't giving the file a high priority.
RCMP Corporal Dale Carr is IHIT's media spokesman. Carr said a missing person file with no evidence of foul play reduces the number of investigative tools available to police.
"Oftentimes judges aren't willing to give us authorization in the form of warrants to search or to listen in (wiretap a subject's phone), that kind of thing," Carr said.
"We take these files very seriously."
He also said the same homicide team leader has been in charge of the investigation from the beginning. Carr said Shpeley's contact at IHIT can change as officers transfer in and out of the section, but the team leader hasn't changed.
Frustrated with the lack of progress in the police investigation, Shpeley has turned to other sources of information.
"I've talked to four psychics. One said she's a hostage, one said she's alive and two said she's dead. They said go look here. I've walked through brambles, up to my waist in water. Nothing, but that's what you do as a parent."
Asked if Candace might simply have decided to escape her life by disappearing, Shpeley admitted he's considered that possibility.
"Yes, it could be. Three kids, a single mother and two different fathers who were driving her crazy. Yeah, there's a chance she might have thought, I've had enough, I'm outta here. But she fought so hard for custody of the kids. I don't know."
There's been speculation Candace was using drugs, but Shpeley thinks that's unlikely. When he asked her if it was true, she passionately denied the accusation and he's inclined to believe her.
On the night of March 31, 2007 - the day Candace disappeared - police saw a car bearing her licence plates outside a Surrey drug house. Shpeley believes at that point someone else was using the car.
Shpeley's no fool, he's just a father. He knows he might be kidding himself, but he wants to believe. He wants to believe his daughter isn't a junkie and he wants to believe she's still alive.
And if Candace is alive, Shpeley doesn't care why she left. He just wants to know she's OK.
"If you decided you don't want to be a mom anymore, if you're a drug addict, I don't care. Just come home."
And if she's no longer among the living, Shpeley wants to know that, too.
"It's heart wrenching. For two years we've been dealing with this and we've got no closure."

The last time he saw his daughter

Abbotsford resident Barry Shpeley said Candace dropped by his home to show off her just-purchased car, a bright blue 1995 Pontiac Grand Am. It was nearly two years ago.

She was proud of her new wheels, but there was a wonky electric power window.
Candace was 23, a single mom with three children, but she would still go to Dad every time something needed repairing.
Barry told her it would probably take a few hours because he would have to pull the inside door panel.
"Her driver's side window was okay, so there was no rush," Shpeley recalled.
They agreed he would tackle the window sometime after Easter.
It was the last time he saw his youngest child and only daughter.
She vanished on March 31, 2007.
The initial police search concentrated on North Surrey where Candace was believed to be visiting friends.
The family says Abbotsford police told them one man claimed he spoke to Candace near 98 Avenue and 120 Street around 1 a.m. on Sunday, April 1.
She wanted to go out partying but he was too tired and turned her down, the man said.
Surrey RCMP have disclosed that they ran the licence plate of Candace's car twice when it was parked outside a suspected drug house in the Guildford/Fleetwood area.
The vehicle was found abandoned in Vancouver two weeks later.
The last call on her cell phone was made near the Surrey-Langley border.
Her bank account was never touched.
After almost two years, what was a missing persons case has been taken over by the regional Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).
On Wednesday, a frustrated Barry Shpeley staged a news conference outside the Surrey courthouse to complain about the lack of progress.
"I've been told they (IHIT) can't do anything more," he said.
"No one seems to give a damn that a young mother of three vanished."
Shpeley's own investigations have hit a dead end.
He said the last person to see his daughter has refused to talk to him.
The police have interviewed the man, but Shpeley wants a "face-to-face, man-to-man" meeting.
He said the man is facing criminal charges in Surrey on an unrelated matter.
Candace's children are being raised by their grandparents.
"It's just heart-wrenching," Shpeley said.
Candace Shpeley is Caucasian, 5’1”, 123 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-543-9217, or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 604-669-TIPS.
More details about the case are posted at http://www.candaceamandashpeley.ca
dferguson@surreyleader.com

Missing Abbotsford woman may have been spotted in Chilliwack

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.
Barry Shpeley puts up a poster of his missing daughter while photographers look on in East Vancouver. (CBC)

"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

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