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Police have released surveillance video of a missing 20-year-old woman at 7-Eleven the day before she disappeared after a ‘frantic’ phone call to her mother who said she had fought with her boyfriend.

The San Diego Police Department released two clips on Thursday showing Lateche Norris with her boyfriend Joseph “Joey” Smith, 25, at the grocery store on Nov. 4. She last spoke to her family on November 5.

Norris, of Indiana, flew to San Diego on Nov. 1 to visit her boyfriend, who was in rehab for a heroin addiction in the West Coast city, a former neighbor who chose to remain unidentified. CBS8.

Norris’ mother Cheryl Walker wrote in a Facebook post that her daughter agreed to “make things hard” with her boyfriend a few days after arriving in San Diego and insisted that her daughter had no intention of becoming homeless.

“She lands here November 1st, has multiple arguments on arrival here…because he lied to her!” Walker recalled.

Police released a surveillance video of missing 20-year-old woman Lateche Norris and her boyfriend Joseph ‘Joey’ Smith at 7-Eleven the day before they both disappeared after a ‘frantic’ phone call to Norris’ mother who said she was with her. had a fight friend

Norris (pictured) wore a black zip-up sweatshirt over a navy blue T-shirt and khaki pants

Smith (pictured) was in a black hoodie and sweatpants

The couple was last seen in public at the convenience store located at 222 Park Blvd in downtown San Diego on Nov. 4 at around 11:25 PM. Norris (left) wore a black zip-up sweatshirt over a navy blue T-shirt and khaki pants while Smith (right) wore a black hoodie and sweatpants

Norris, from Indiana, left on November 5 to visit her boyfriend (pictured together), days last on the phone with her family.  Her social media activities ended on the same day

Norris, from Indiana, left on November 5 to visit her boyfriend (pictured together), days last on the phone with her family. Her social media activities ended on the same day

She added: “I heard the photo he took for her over the phone. “It’s so much fun, we’ll take a tent and stay at the beach for a few days” until he starts his new construction job.”

Smith fell through, however, and the couple’s former neighbor told CBS8, “He had been on Suboxone. It physically satisfied the craving for opiates, but it doesn’t get you high.’

The prescribed medication is helping people overcome their addiction to narcotics, but the neighbor told the local news station that the 25-year-old quickly relapsed.

On Nov. 4, Norris and Smith were seen wearing backpacks and black hoodies at around 11:25 PM at the 7-Eleven at 222 Park Blvd in downtown San Diego.

Smith was seen speaking to the cashier, but did not appear to make a purchase and left shortly after.

The couple has not been seen in public since and Walker said they fought again that same day. “I got voicemails, texts and phone calls from both,” she wrote on Facebook.

“The next morning she calls me on a stranger’s phone,” she explained—the last time she would hear from her daughter.

Norris, however, didn’t say why she couldn’t access her own phone, or tell her mother what the argument was about.

The 20-year-old had promised her mother she would call her back, but she never did.

Norris’s family filed a missing persons report on November 9. That same day, Norris’ mother received a text from an unknown number demanding a ransom. Insider.

Norris’ father, Walter Omega Cullum, said the lyrics were “like, ‘If you want to see your daughter again, send me $7,000.'”

Cullum recalled Walker replying, asking for proof that Norris was safe and alive, but got no reply.

The family notified the San Diego Police Department about the ransom note, but the FBI said it was “fake.”

“What’s fake to you is real to other people,” Cullum told Insider.

Department of Information Officer Adam Sharki told Insider, “We need more tips and clues that will eventually lead us to her.”

On Nov. 20, police said she considered Norris “high-risk,” but said there was nothing to prove she was the victim of a crime.

The young woman’s friends and family disagree with the department’s claim.

Norris last spoke to her family on a stranger's phone on Nov. 5, after she had an argument with her

Norris last spoke to her family on a stranger’s phone on Nov. 5, after she had an argument with her “troubled” boyfriend. Norris, however, didn’t say why she couldn’t access her own phone, or tell her mother what the fight was about

Smith (pictured) and Norris reportedly wanted to become tattooists.  Smith, 25, of Aptos, California, has a history of criminal convictions for arson, vandalism and drug possession, according to court records

Smith (pictured) and Norris reportedly wanted to become tattooists. Smith, 25, of Aptos, California, has a history of criminal convictions for arson, vandalism and drug possession, according to court records

Smith, of Aptos, California, has a history of criminal convictions for arson, vandalism and drug possession, according to court records.

“They were super dysfunctional,” the neighbor recalled, but added, “Do I think Joey killed Lateche? New.

“But do I think it’s his fault she might be dead? Yes, because of his dark world and the dark places she ended up in because of her relationship with him.’

Walker flew to San Diego on November 25 to look for Norris.

In her Facebook post, she added, “My daughter is just as important as Gabby Petito,” referring to the woman who went missing while on a road trip with her fiancé Brian Launderie and was later found murdered.

“As if what happened to that sweet girl wasn’t heartbreaking enough… the real tragedy is that you learned nothing to prevent this from happening again!” said the grieving mother.

Petito’s father Joseph later tweeted Norris’ missing person flyer, urging people to help find her.

Smith, who has also not been heard from since Nov. 5, was “disturbed” and Walker said he was nicknamed “Los Aptos Arsonist.”

Speaking to local media, Walker said the couple had argued before and claimed there had been some cases of domestic violence in the past.

“She would have called me back for sure,” Walker said, adding that her daughter would never go more than a few days without being contacted.

Norris' mother Cheryl Walker (left with Norris) flew to San Diego on Nov. 25 to search for her missing daughter and criticized the San Diego police for not doing enough

Norris’ mother Cheryl Walker (left with Norris) flew to San Diego on Nov. 25 to search for her missing daughter and criticized the San Diego police for not doing enough

Petito's father Joseph tweeted Norris' missing person flyer and urged people to help find her (pictured) after Walker wrote in a Facebook appeal that her daughter is

Petito’s father Joseph tweeted Norris’ missing person flyer and urged people to help find her (pictured) after Walker wrote in a Facebook appeal that her daughter is “as important as Gabby Petito”

This is the man who keeps breaking her phones! This is the man who prompted her to have ‘phone-free weekends’ in Santa Cruz over the summer,” Walker wrote in her lengthy Facebook post, although there is no evidence that Smith was involved in Norris’ disappearance.

The mother clarified that she didn’t want to falsely accuse Smith, but asked, ‘How many times should we see a young girl disappear after arguing with her husband or boyfriend or significant other, and how many times should it end in vain? positive, before we take this a bit more seriously?’

Walker describes her daughter as six feet tall and about 160 pounds with dark brown hair and eyes.

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

Lateche lived in Indiana all her life until she moved to Santa Cruz earlier this year with Smith. They both hope to become tattoo artists.

Her mother said she moved to Indiana for two months before flying to Smith in San Diego just days before their last call.

“We begged her not to go,” Walker said NBC Date Line. “I’m sorry I didn’t stop her.”

In her Facebook post, Walker criticized the SDPD for not doing enough to find her daughter, writing: “[SDPD] chose to ignore the red flags and try to put forward a story that “we see this all the time.”

She told local media: “It feels like she’s up to her ears… This isn’t a 20-year-old girl who doesn’t call her family because she’s busy or angry. Something is wrong.

“This isn’t like them.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lateche Norris is encouraged to call the SDPD at 619-531-2446 and reference number 21-501043.

“If the public has any information, or if you recognize her, give us a call and we’ll sort it out,” Lieutenant Sharki said. “Everything is useful.”

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