Police in Victoria are widening their search for a missing woman originally from Nanaimo.
Francoise “Frankie” Farwell was first reported missing to Nanaimo RCMP and was last seen in a Starbucks in James Bay June 15.
At the time, a woman who went by the name Hope who resembled Farwell was seen in Victoria’s “Tent City.”
Because of Farwell’s ties to Victoria, Nanaimo RCMP turned the missing person file over to Victoria Police Department, which announced the start of its investigation July 12.
Since then, no tips have come in about Farwell, so investigators are expanding their search radius to all of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
Farwell is developmentally delayed and her family is deeply worried about her.
Developments in the investigation have also added to concerns from investigators and her family.
Farwell is of Haitian descent, soft spoken, very friendly and according to police, 5-foot-4, 140 pounds, with an athletic build. She has brown eyes and black hair, but often wears a baseball cap or wig.
“Frankie does not appear to be accessing funds that she has accessible to her,” said Detective Const. Chantal Zeigler, Victoria Police Department missing persons coordinator, in a press release. “That is concerning to us and we need to have her home, safely.”
If you see Farwell, please call 911. Anyone with information on her whereabouts, please call the Victoria Police Department non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Anyone with information about Farwell in the Nanaimo region, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or submit a tip online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.