VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
'I just want someone to tell me what happened'
Mother of three was last seen April 1 in Surrey
For 10 months, Barry Shpeley has been waiting for a phone call.
"I just want someone to tell me what happened," he said Friday, referring to the mysterious disappearance of his daughter Candace.
This week, however, Shpeley was relieved when the phone didn't ring.
On Monday, police announced they are investigating the movements of a suspected serial killer who preyed upon Fraser Valley women.
Davey Mato Butorac, 29, has been arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Sheryl Lynn Korrol of Langley and Gwendolyn Jo Lawton of Abbotsford. Investigators are also reviewing the murder of Margaret Redford, whose body was found in Bertrand Creek, less than a kilometre from Butorac's Aldergrove home.
For the Shpeley family, the news was hard to hear.
"I was thinking, should I call police? I wanted to call right away, but my wife said I shouldn't. She said that if they don't call us, it's good news," said Shpeley.
Candace was last seen near 98 Avenue and 120 Street in Surrey at about 1 a.m. April 1. The single mom was enjoying a night on the town and asked a man if he wanted to party with her. The man turned her down.
Candace was reported missing after failing to pick up her three kids later that day. The last call on her cellphone was made somewhere near the Surrey-Langley border. Her car, a blue 1995 Pontiac Grand Am, was found abandoned in Vancouver two weeks later.
Shpeley doesn't think Butorac could be responsible for Candace's disappearance.
"I think some of the [alleged victims] were prostitutes, and as far as I know, my daughter never did anything like that," he said. "They also found [those] bodies right away."
But the constant worry has taken its toll on the Abbotsford woman's family. For Christmas, they bought and wrapped a present in the hope she would come back. It is now sitting unopened in a cupboard.
Candace's two daughters, Emily and Samantha, live with their grandparents and continue to wish their mom goodnight every bedtime. Three-year-old Marshall is living with his dad.
"What gets me the most is when the girls say that mom is never coming back," said Shpeley. "That's hard. We want to stay hopeful. We want to believe she's OK."
© The Vancouver Province 2008
Updated: January 01, 2007