Lubbock police officials said in a press conference Monday morning, Dec. 2, that a missing 18-year-old woman’s past behavior may have put her in harm’s way.
Police officials provided an update on the case of Zoe Gabrielle Campos, who has been missing since Nov. 17.
Campos is about 5 feet tall, weighs about 100 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Lubbock Police Department Sgt. Chris Breunig, who addressed the media during the conference, did not elaborate on the nature of Campos’ behavior.
“Due to the information obtained thus far, plus lack of communication from Zoe, we believe she is in danger,” he said.
However, Breunig would not confirm if she was abducted.
“At this point she is listed as missing and endangered,” he said.
Zoe’s mother, Melinda, said she does not know to what behavior police are referring.
“She hardly ever did anything or went anywhere, so I don’t know where this dangerous behavior came from,” she said.
She said her daughter was responsible and always let people know where she was. She also said her daughter, who had ambitions to become a mechanic, had a limited social circle that extended to her sister and a few friends.
On Nov. 22, Lubbock police widened their search of the missing woman to Abilene, Austin and El Paso.
Bruenig said the cities were added to the search based on her Facebook activity. He added that the Campos family previously lived in Austin.
On Nov. 18 — the day of her disappearance — Zoe Campos sent her mother a text message that she was on her way to pick her up from work at about 2:30 a.m. but never showed.
Lubbock police received the report she was missing Nov. 19. And on Nov. 21, Campos’ silver 1997 Lincoln Town Car was abandoned at the Driftwood Apartments in the 5500 block of Utica Avenue. A family member spotted an unidentified person driving the car and followed it to the apartments, where the person dressed in a dark hoodie ran away, according to Melinda Campos.
Breunig said since Zoe Campos’ disappearance, there has been no activity on her Facebook account or her cellphone.
He also advised people who may have information about the case to speak with police instead of posting it on social media sites.
“When people put postings out or contact friends or family with this information and it goes through third or fourth parties, we end up getting information or leads that are erroneous in nature,” he said.
Lubbock police are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to locating Zoe Campos, Breunig said.
Tips can also be sent via text message to 274637. Begin the message with LBKTIPS.