A 15-year-old girl is feared to have run off with a 'much older man' she met on Snapchat and has taken her passport, her desperate mother tells.
Heaven Ray Cox was last seen five days ago in Texas and is thought to have gone to meet a 'predator' from California.
Heaven's mother, Tammy, posted to Facebook: 'She is 15 and may be in the company of a man much older than her.
'He is a predator who manipulated her online into believing that he is her friend.
'She suffers from mental illness and is currently in a manic phase due to being off of her medication.
'We need to bring her home, as we believe she is in grave danger.'
Heaven's parents noticed the teen was missing on Saturday afternoon. They thought she had slept in late but when they went to check on her there was a note saying she had gone.
Police said the note indicated she might be heading to California but did not say who she was travelling with, reports the Beaumont Enterprise.
Tammy said she believed the Californian man had promised to pick her daughter up in San Antonio where he was staying for Thanksgiving.
The city is four-and-a-half-hours drive from Heaven’s home in Mauriceville. It is not known how she intended to get there.
Tammy added after learning of the Snapchat messages: '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.'
Last night Tammy said she had discovered Heaven’s passport was missing.
Immigration forces have been given her photo and asked to look out for her at airports.
UPDATE: The 'Help Us Find Heaven' Facebook Page has just announced: 'Praise the Lord! Heaven has been found! More info to come. Thank you for your prayers.'