A teenage girl who disappeared after talking with a much older man has died two months after she was rescued.
15-year-old Heaven Ray Cox was reunited with her family on December 1, 2017, after being rescued unharmed from a Louisiana house five days after she disappeared from her home in Texas.
She had vanished after talking to a ‘much older predator’ on Snapchat, and according to her mother disappeared with her passport but not the necessary medication she needed to treat her bi-polar condition.
As reported by the Daily Mail, mother Tammy confirmed today her daughter had passed away with the cause and circumstances of the death not yet released.
Posting on Facebook, Tammy announced the news to her friends and family writing:
Our sweet Heaven left us to be with Jesus this afternoon around 4:00. Some bright lights are not meant for this dark and cruel world.
I know that Dusty and Gracie were there to welcome her. Sing with the angels sweet girl. I love you.
Thank you all. My heart is broken, she was the light and life in my home. I’m going to miss her terribly.
Only three days ago Tammy had posted to Facebook a panicked message that read:
I need everyone to stop and pray right now for Heaven!! It’s an emergency.
Heaven was the subject of a nationwide search before she was discovered with a ‘relative’ of one of her friends.
No charges were brought over her disappearance.
At the time Heaven went missing the Orange County Sheriff’s Office revealed that she had been speaking to an unidentified predator and left a note indicating she might have been heading for California.
Tammy wrote on Facebook:
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.
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.
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.
When she was found, Heaven’s elated mother wrote:
She had been found and is safe!!!
Thanks to everybody for all you have done for one little girl, please don’t forget that there are others out there still missing.
Our thoughts are with her friends and family.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.