The mother of a Florida teen who vanished from home five years ago said she’s received a letter from her missing daughter.
Pam Massimiani took to Facebook on July 26 and announced that Emily Paul, her now-19-year-old daughter, has reached out to her for the first time since April 2013. Massimiani later confirmed the letter’s existence to the News Herald but said the family is keeping its contents under wraps for the time being.
“I’m pretty sure it’s from her,” Massimiani told the newspaper.
Paul was 14 when she reportedly packed a suitcase and fled her Southport home—only leaving behind a note detailing her intentions to leave to a “safe space.” Authorities told WMBB three years ago that Paul “had taught herself on how not to be found.”
The teen is believed to have taken her Xbox gaming console to communicate but hasn’t logged into her Facebook account since her disappearance, according to the Herald. Moreover, her cell phone was reportedly pinged just three times the week after she apparently left her Southport home.
Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford went on to tell the newspaper that he’s aware of the letter and feels “pretty good” that Paul sent them. If the 19-year-old wants to contact her again, Massimiani said, “the ball is in her court still.”
To all our friends and extended family, we want to let you know that we have heard from Emily. We do not have any…
[Featured image: Emily Paul/Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Facebook]