SAN DIEGO — The missing 20-year-old Indiana woman who vanished in San Diego under mysterious circumstances last month has been found safe, police announced Saturday.
The San Diego Police Department said investigators met with Lateche Norris in-person Saturday and confirmed she is safe.
“Detectives also verified Norris was not and is not the victim of any crime,” said Lt. Adam Sharki, of the SDPD. “Ms. Norris thanked the public for their concern and asked for privacy.”
Before Norris was located, she was last seen with her boyfriend, Joseph “Joey” Smith, walking into a 7-Eleven at 222 Park Blvd. near Petco Park about 11:25 p.m. Nov. 4. On the following day, Norris reportedly called her mother from a stranger’s phone after a heated argument with Smith. She was reported missing by her mother, Cheryl Walker, to SDPD on Nov. 9.
Walker has been in San Diego searching relentlessly since her daughter’s disappearance. She commented about the news of her daughter being found safe on a GoFundMe account she created to help pay for costs of searching for Norris.
“I don’t have any further update at this moment but I wanted to let you all know ASAP that we did it,” she said. “All of us! Gonna take a moment to catch our breath! Thank you!!!!”
SDPD thanked its public safety and community partners for their effort in locating the woman.