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Woman’s mysterious call before vanishing

A 20-year-old woman from the US has been missing for a month after she vanished in early November in California, where her mother says she made a distressing phone call from a stranger’s cell phone before dropping off the map.

Lateche Norris had gone to the Californian town of Santa Cruz to be with her boyfriend, Joseph Joey Smith, on November 1, her mother, Cheryl Walker wrote on Facebook. 

She was last seen in San Diego on November 4, and last contacted her family on November 5 after getting into a fight with her boyfriend.

During the November 5 phone call, Ms Norris told her mother about the fight and said she’d call again, Ms Walker told KRON-TV.

She said her daughter didn’t say why she wasn’t using her own phone.

But Ms Walker said that was the last time she heard from her daughter – and that her boyfriend can no longer be reached.

Lateche Norris has been missing for a month. Picture: Supplied

Lateche Norris has been missing for a month. Picture: Supplied

Ms Walker has since launched a social media campaign to find her daughter, attracting widespread media attention.

“My daughter is just as important as Gabby Petito,” Ms Walker wrote on Facebook.

“As if what happened to that sweet girl wasn’t heartbreaking enough.

“The true tragedy is that you learned nothing from it that helps prevent this from happening again! You’d rather dismiss alarming information I gave your police department the day I reported her missing. You did nothing. You chose to ignore the red flags, and try to push a narrative that ‘we see this all the time.’”

The 20-year-old was last seen in California. Picture: Facebook

The 20-year-old was last seen in California. Picture: Facebook

Ms Petito’s case captured national headlines for months after she disappeared during a road trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, in August.

Ms Petito was found dead in Wyoming weeks after she vanished, while a nationwide manhunt ensued for Mr Laundrie.

Mr Laundrie was found dead in Florida in October. A coroner ruled he had taken his own life.

Ms Walker also criticised the San Diego Police Department, claiming that police told her that “she’s not believed to be at risk.”

The police department “chose to ignore the red flags, and try to push a narrative that ‘we see this all the time”, Ms Walker wrote.

Fox News has reached out to the San Diego Police Department for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and has been republished here with permission.

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