A 15-year-old girl from Mauriceville, Texas believed to have been abducted by a predator she met on Snapchat has died just months after she was found safe. On Saturday, Heaven Cox passed away according to her mother Tammy Cox. A cause of death has not been released.
On Saturday, Tammy wrote on Facebook, “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….Sing with the angels sweet girl. I love you,” Tammy Cox wrote.
Just hours earlier, the mother wrote a post in which she asked for prayers for her daughter, citing an emergency. According to the New York Daily News, Heaven suffered from mental illness.
Heaven went missing on November 25, and was found five days later in Louisiana. In a Facebook post that has since been deleted Tammy wrote that her daughter was manipulated by a “much older” man for “some time.” The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed a Snapchat predator. They have said that Heaven might have run away on her own.
According to KHOU, when she disappeared in November, Heaven’s family believed she was with the man she met online. It is unclear if they met up. Police wrote at the time, “The residence where Heaven was located belonged to a relative of a person that was known by Heaven. This investigation will continue and we will relay further information as it becomes available.”
Police said she was found unharmed at the time.
[Photo: Orange County Sheriff’s Office]