Cheryl Walker, a mother from Indiana, is urgently searching for her 20-year-old daughter, who went missing in California three weeks ago after a quarrel with her boyfriend.
Lateche Norris’s distraught mother has already launched a social-media hunt for her daughter, drawing comparisons with the high-profile search for dead Long Island lady Gabby Petito.
“My daughter is just as important as Gabby Petito,” Walker wrote in a Facebook post. “As if what happened to that sweet girl wasn’t heartbreaking enough.”
In August, Petito vanished during a road trip with her lover, Brian Laundrie, and her absence made national news. Petito was discovered dead in Wyoming months before Laundrie, the only person linked to her tragedy, committed suicide in Florida.
Norris is 5 feet 8 inches tall and around 160 pounds with dark brown hair and eyes.
She has an arrow tattoo on her left forearm, a seven-inch blade on her right calf, a dreamcatcher on her left shoulder blade, and unknown words on her knuckles, according to The Sun.
Norris vanished on Nov. 5, shortly after leaving home to meet up with her boyfriend, Joseph “Joey” Smith. The latter had recently left a rehab facility and was supposedly living on the streets in San Diego.
Norris last called her mother, Cheryl Walker, using a stranger’s phone, saying she’d had a quarrel with her boyfriend and needed his phone number to call him.
She didn’t say why she didn’t use her phone or what had caused the fight, but she vowed to call her mother later that day.
After a day had gone, Norris had not phoned back. Walker filed a missing person complaint with the San Diego Police Department.
Her worried mom said her daughter sounded “frantic” on the phone.
She told local media: “She definitely would have called me back,” adding that typically her daughter wouldn’t go more than a couple of days without speaking to her.
“If her phone was dead, she would’ve found a way to charge it. Or call me from someone’s phone like that day.
“Something is wrong,” she said. “Now the days are just flying by with no word from her. And we’re terrified.”
Norris’s social media activity halted on November 5, although she wrote a mysterious Facebook message the day before her disappearance that read: “It’s okay to still cry over things u thought you moved past.”
In 2015 she shared a post to Facebook that read, “love will f*** you up more than drugs ever will.”
The mother said the young couple, both aspiring tattoo artists, had been fighting the day before Norris vanished.
Since Nov. 5, the missing woman’s family has tried to contact Smith several times, but their messages have gone unanswered.
Earlier this year, Norris moved from Indiana to Santa Cruz with Smith but returned home two months. She had flown back to see Smith just days before she vanished.
Norris’s case is current and ongoing, according to San Diego Police Department spokesperson Lieutenant Adam Sharki, but investigators do not believe she is “at-risk” at this time.
The cops would not confirm if they were investigating her disappearance, reported NY Post.