A woman who vanished less than a month after she moved from Wisconsin to Denver, Colorado with her boyfriend allegedly sent eerie texts before she went missing.
“He’s gonna kill me if I don’t get away from him today,” one text to a friend read, according to the Denver Channel.
Erin Vandewiele moved to Denver a few months ago, but her family has not heard from her since the end of July, the Denver Police Department said. A friend reported her missing to police after their communication ended. Some of her last texts to that friend were alarming.
“We’re very worried especially after we’ve seen text messages that she had sent another friend that she was scared that Joe was going to hurt her,” said Mandi Schmidt, Vandewiele’s sister.
Joe is her boyfriend Joe Mayer who has since been arrested on outstanding unrelated warrants, according to the Denver Channel.
Vandewiele’s friend Stacey Morris told the news outlet that Vandewiele texted her that she feared for her life.
"I feel like something is terribly wrong," Morris said. "We’re pretty much worried that she might be dead and that she’s not going to be able to come home to her kids and her sister."
Vandewiele’s identification and social security card were found on a bus in Denver, CNN reported.
Her family reportedly believes that she was staying in an unknown motel and in homeless shelters before going missing.
Mayer has a lengthy criminal history which includes charges of possession of meth.
Schmidt, Vandewiele’s sister, told the Denver Channel that on July 22, her sister texted a friend expressing regret over moving to Denver with Mayer "and that she would call him the next day if she was still alive. That phone call never happened."
Vandewiele is 40 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5'5" tall and weighs about 120 pounds. She also goes by Erin Schmidt.
Police are seeking help from the public. They ask anyone who's seen her or know her whereabouts to please call them at 720-913-7867.
[Photo: Denver Police Department]
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