The last time Tammy Cox saw her 15-year-old daughter, Heaven Ray Cox, was on November 25.
According to the Beaumont Enterprise, Tammy told authorities that it’s not uncommon for Heaven to sleep in on the weekends and she didn’t realize the teenager was gone until she went to check on her early Sunday afternoon.
Tammy notified police around 3 p.m. Heaven reportedly left a goodbye note for her parents to find.
As Detective Janois Grizzaffi of the Orange County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department told the Beaumont Enterprise the note:
… indicated that Heaven might be heading to California, but did not include details about who Heaven might be traveling with.
However, a Facebook post Tammy wrote three days after she reported her daughter missing said that Heaven may have run away to be with a man who had been “manipulating” her for quite some time on Snapchat:
She wrote, in part:
I have an update and it isn’t good. After putting pressure on Jhonathon White, he told me what I was after. He knew that Heaven had been talking to a grown man from California on Snapchat. Why he didn’t feel it was important to tell me, I don’t know, but it is what it is. The man she has been talking to is a predator, who has apparently been manipulating her for some time, and in her current state of mind, she believes that he is her friend. She left a goodbye note to me and her Dad, and said that she wouldn’t have a phone, so I’m sure he has taken it from her, as it isn’t here, and I have torn her room apart.
Tammy continued by explaining that her daughter has bipolar disorder, but because she is currently off her medication, she is going through a manic phase:
She is off her meds and is in a manic phase of bipolar disorder. I am asking everyone to share this to their wall, and particularly those who live in California and every state between there and Texas. This man told her that he would be in San Antonio for Thanksgiving and that he would pick her up.
Grizzaffi has not confirmed the relationship between Heaven and this unknown man, the Beaumont Enterprise reported.
Heaven is described as a 5-foot-3-inch Caucasian female who weighs around 113 pounds. She has brown eyes and blonde hair.
Tammy most recently updated her Facebook status to say that there haven’t been any significant breaks in her daughter’s case, but that she noticed her daughter’s passport is also missing.
The Orange County detectives are working this as a runaway case, and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children has assigned a caseworker to aid in the investigation, the mom also wrote.
Tammy is now asking the public for help, as she wrote on her Facebook update:
Anyone who has connections with, and can spread her pic through the airline industry, please do. Immigration has been advised and has her picture. Our detectives here in Orange are working so hard to help us and are leaving no stone unturned.
She thanked everyone for the supportive messages she has received over the past five days.
Anyone with information regarding Heaven’s whereabouts is asked to notify the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 409-883-2612.