Texas teen disappears and may be headed to California to meet with online male ‘predator’

Police hope a tip from the public will crack the case

Authorities in California are hoping a tip from the public will lead them to a missing teen.

According to KENS, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office released information about 15-year-old Heaven Ray Cox, whose mother reported her as a suspected runaway on Sunday.

Investigators are parsing the Mauriceville, Texas, teen’s social media activity on the belief that she might have left her home to pursue a relationship with someone she met online.

Reports indicate she left a note prior to her disappearance suggesting she was heading to California.

Cox’s mother, Tammy, said the message did not include specifics such as how or with whom she would be traveling, as reported by the New York Post.

In a Facebook post, she alleged an older man had been communicating with Heaven.

“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,” Tammy Cox wrote.

She also alleged that her daughter suffered from a mental illness than has not recently been treated.

I have an update and it isn't good. After putting pressure on Jhonathon White, he told me what I was after. He knew…

Posted by Tammy Day Cox on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

She said she found the note and subsequently reported her daughter’s disappearance after entering Heaven’s room late Sunday and realized she was not in the home.

Tammy Cox said she fears her daughter was abducted by someone in San Antonio.

Detectives in Orange County, California, responded swiftly to concerns for the teen’s safety and, as of the latest reports available, are still trying to piece together any plans she might have made prior to her disappearance.

Authorities describe the 15-year-old as a 5-foot 3-inch girl weighing 113 pounds. She usually wears a diamond stud in her pierced right nostril.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 409-883-2612 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 409-833-TIPS.

[Featured image: Heaven Cox/Facebook]