Police in Jacksonville, Fla., are searching for a missing woman whose parents said she disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
The parents of 21-year-old Savannah Gold said they last saw her as she headed out to work at Bonefish Grill on San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin. But she never made it to her shift.
Around 6:30 p.m., the woman’s mother received an odd text message from her saying that she met someone and was taking off.
“But the spelling was all whacked out. It looked really strange,” Daniel Gold, Savannah’s father, said.
The text message was as follows, with spelling from the original:
“Hey i just anted to tell you and mom i met a really great guy and were running away together i love him and were leaving toight ill call you later when we get t where we are gng.”
According to the woman’s relatives, the spelling in the message is unlike her. The woman’s brother also received a similar oddly worded text message.
“Heyi quit im leavingwith me boyfriend i cant do this (expletive) anymore im fine justwant to get away.”
Gold’s car was found with a slashed tire in the parking lot of the Bonefish Grill. Surveillance video shows the car pulling into the restaurant parking lot at 5:30 p.m. The car was left unlocked and the woman’s purse, with her ID, credit cards, and money, was found inside.
“That really got us concerned,” the father told Action News Jax.
Police tried to use the woman’s phone to locate her, but the phone appeared to be turned off.
Investigators searched the homes of two of the woman’s friends, with their permission, but did not find her. Gold has also not been active on social media since she disappeared.
“She has not met any boy. And if anybody would know, it would be me or her mom,” Gold’s best friend Virjona Gjuraj said.
Gold’s coworkers told Action News Jax that this is unlike Savannah.
“She’s a pretty consistent person. She always shows up for her shifts,” coworker Rachel Quackenbush said. “She never calls out. It’s just a really sketchy situation.”
Gold’s father said that she lives at home and comes and goes as she likes. He just wants to know where she is.
“I want to know where she is. That’s all. She’s a grown woman. She’s 21 years old. She can go anywhere she wants to go. I want to be able to talk to her cause I love her. I want to be able to make sure she’s OK,” her father said.
Savannah’s Gold’s friend told JSO that he thought she was changing a tire before she went into work.