A Texas teenager believed to have been abducted by a “predator” on Snapchat died just two months after she was reunited with her family.
Heaven Cox of Mauriceville, Tex., died on Saturday afternoon, according to her mother Tammy Cox. No cause of death was given.
“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.
Hours earlier, Tammy Cox asked her Facebook friends to stop and pray for her daughter, saying, “It’s an emergency!!”
The teenager, who suffered from mental illness, went missing on Nov. 25.
Heaven Cox had been talking to a “much older” man who had been manipulating the teenager “for some time,” according to Tammy Cox in a now-deleted Facebook post.
The teenager was found safe in Louisiana and reunited with her family five days after she went missing.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said it appeared the teen ran away of her own accord, and police never confirmed whether the Snapchat “predator” was involved.
Friends and family offered their condolences on Facebook after Tammy Cox shared the news of her daughter’s death, calling Heaven Cox “the light and life in my home.”
Felicia Marie Hippler wrote, “She was such a beautiful girl. I remember when I first saw her, she was so little and gorgeous already! I hope she’s found her peace and I’m praying for you guys.”
Giomar Chapman wrote, “Dear Tammy I’m so sorry sweetheart, my heart aches for you. She will be greatly miss(ed) but your angel she will always be.”