A Virginia single mom and her two young children disappeared after the mother went on a blind date and her home mysteriously went up in flames, the Daily News reported.
Monica Bogart Lamping, 29, dropped off her children, Kai, 7, and Oria, 9 months, at a friend’s house on Saturday afternoon so she could go on a date with a man her family knew only as “Chad.” Later that night, Lamping picked up her children and went home.
Lamping continued to text her friend the night of the fire. But when officials got the call about the 3 a.m. blaze, there was no one inside the house except a dog and a cat, who died in the flames.
Firefighters believe that the fire was caused by a space heater, according to news reports, but police and firefighters are still investigating the possibility of arson, said Linda Kuehn, an officer with the Virginia Beach Police, to Oxygen.
Lamping’s family first believed that she must have been staying with a friend, but they haven’t heard from her, and her children missed school on Monday.
“She’s never been out of communication with all of us for this length of time,” the woman’s mom, Sheila Bogart, told a local outlet.
Police said she may be driving a 2002 green Jeep Cherokee. Kuehn said that the car was last seen going through a tunnel more than an hour before firefighters got the call about the house fire.
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