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Seven chilling details in Lateche Norris disappearance as her last call from stranger's phone is revealed

THE disappearance of Lateche Norris has been compared to the Gabby Petito case by the 20-year-old's worried family.

Missing Norris had shared a cryptic post saying "it's okay to cry" before she vanished three weeks ago following an argument with her boyfriend.

But that's not the only worrying detail in a case that is now attracting national attention after her worried mom said she feels "something is wrong."

Here The Sun looks at the chilling details to have emerged since Lateche was reported missing.


Lateche mysteriously disappeared on November 5, after she left home to meet up with her boyfriend Joseph “Joey” Smith who had left a rehab facility and was reportedly living on the street in San Diego.

Norris last spoke to her mom Cheryl Walker from a stranger's phone, saying that she'd been in a fight with her boyfriend and needed his number so she could call him.

She didn't explain why she did not use her phone or what the fight was about but promised to call back her mom later that day.

But after a day passed and the 20-year-old had not called back, Walker filed a missing person report with the San Diego Police Department.


Her worried mom who said her daughter sounded "frantic" on the phone.

She told local media: “She definitely would have called me back" adding that typically her daughter wouldn't go more than a couple of days without speaking to her.

"If her phone was dead, she would’ve found a way to charge it. Or call me from someone’s phone like that day.

“Something is wrong,” she told NBC Dateline this week. "Now the days are just flying by with no word from her. And we’re terrified.”


Lateche's social media activity ceased on November 5 but just a day before her disappearance she shared a cryptic Facebook message that read: "It's okay to still cry over things u thought you moved past."

In 2015 she shared a post to Facebook that read "love will f*** you up more than drugs ever will."

Earlier this year she moved from Indiana to Santa Cruz with Smith but returned home after two months.

She had flown back to see Smith just days before she vanished.

The pair were both aspiring tattoo artists.


Her worried mom admitted that the couple had fallen out before, claiming there have been domestic violence incidents in the past.

San Diego PD Spokesperson Lieutenant Adam Sharki said that Lateche’s case is active and ongoing, but investigators do not believe she is “at risk” at this time.

However, the woman's family disagrees with Walker posting on social media her daughter is "just as important as Gabby Petito."

That was a reference to vlogger Gabby who went missing during a road trip with her fiance Brian Laundrie in September and was later found murdered.

"As if what happened to that sweet girl wasn’t heartbreaking enough," Walker added.

"How many times do we have to see a young girl go missing after fighting with her husband or boyfriend or significant other, and how often does it have to end in nothing positive, before we start taking this a little more serious?" she told NBC San Diego.


Walker added that she didn't want to unfairly implicate Smith, whom she claimed has a criminal record that includes arson and vandalism.

He reportedly isn't answering any of her calls or messages, despite appearing to be active on social media.

Meanwhile, she has set up a Facebook group aiming to find any information about her missing daughter's whereabouts.

According to a post on the group's wall, the woman's boyfriend "can no longer be reached" despite appearing to be active on social media.

His last Facebook post was on November 2 sharing that he is "in a relationship" with Letache.


The last known sighting of Lateche came on November 4 at a 7-Eleven store at 222 Park Blvd, the night before she called her mom.

Police say they are still working to confirm other possible sightings around that time.

Investigators have so far refused to comment on whether or not Smith was with her when she was last seen.

Norris is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and around 160 pounds with dark brown hair and eyes.

She has a tattoo of an arrow on her left forearm, a seven-inch blade on her right calf, a dreamcatcher on her left shoulder blade, and unknown words on her knuckles.

She's believed to have been wearing black leggings, a black sweatshirt, black with some white tennis shoes, and carrying a black and white checkered backpack on the day she disappeared.


Walker and her husband Amir, Lateche’s step-father, have flown out from Indiana to San Diego where they have been searching for her day and night.

So far they have yielded no sign of her.

Walker has also criticized the San Diego Police Department for not doing enough to find her daughter.

“[SDPD] chose to ignore the red flags and try to push a narrative that ‘we see this all the time,'” Walker wrote in a Facebook post.

Speaking to local media, Walker continued: "It feels like she's in over her head … This isn’t a 20-year-old girl not calling her family because she’s busy or mad. Something is wrong. This is not like her."

Anyone with information on Norris’ whereabouts is encouraged to email [email protected], or call the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2446 and reference case number 21-501043.

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