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Lateche Norris’ mom said we were accused of GoFundMe scam but just wanted to find our missing daughter.

The mother of a missing TikToker has faced a barrage of harassment on Twitter since finding her daughter and denies allegations it was part of a money-making scheme.

Cheryl Walker and her husband flew from Indiana to San Diego to find their 20-year-old daughter Lateche Norris After she went missing in early November and set up GoFundMe.

Lateche Norris has been missing for a month

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Lateche Norris has been missing for a monthCredit: Lateche Norris / Facebook
Cheryl Walker and daughter Lateche Norris reunited after the 20-year-old went missing in San Diego in early November

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Cheryl Walker and daughter Lateche Norris reunited after the 20-year-old went missing in San Diego in early NovemberCredit: Cheryl Walker / Facebook
Cheryl's mother says they have faced social media trolls

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Cheryl’s mother says they have faced social media trollsCredit: CBS News 8

Donations will help pay for airfare, transportation, food and hotels while they scour San Diego and surrounding areas for Lateche, Walker said.

“I think the worst has happened to her,” Walker told The Sun in an exclusive interview on Friday, less than a week after Lateche was found unharmed.

She was with her boyfriend Joey Smith, who has been in and out of rehab, when she called her mother from a stranger’s phone on November 5, and then both were neither heard nor seen again until late last week.

“I think he hurt her, or something happened to him and she was out there alone,” Walker said. “All I wanted to do was find my baby.”

That moment of relief came around 11:40 p.m. Saturday when Lateche contacted her mother after seeing one of the posters.

They were reunited within hours, and they discovered Lateche and her boyfriend were living down the street in a makeshift house he built for them.

The next day, Walker said she updated her GoFundMe to say Lateche had been found. The police have been alerted.

For weeks, Lateche’s disappearance made national headlines after Gabby Petito’s tragic story and included support from Gabby’s family.

About 24 hours after being reunited with Lateche, Walker said: “She wanted to do the right thing” and said her daughter’s boyfriend didn’t hurt her and compare with Brian Laundrie.

Laundrie was someone who cared about Gabby’s death before he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

That’s when Twitter users attacked Walker and her family. Some say they make money from sympathizers for a vacation.

There are other rumors that they party with alcohol the night Lateche was found.

Walker told The Sun. “I don’t think about anything but finding Lateche. It’s not a hoax. It’s not a scam. I don’t know what happened to my daughter.”

Others dig into Lateche and Walker’s son’s past when they were abused, Walker said.

“It was horrible,” she said. “After seeing all this, my daughter just wanted to crawl into a hole and die.”

Walker said they were stuck in San Diego and needed a loan to buy a plane ticket back to Indiana.

‘MONEY FOR TIGHT’

Walker founded GoFundMe to raise money for airline tickets to San Diego, transportation, food, and hotels.

She said her family was tight on money because she left her job to work as a full-time carer for her mother, who eventually died in a hospice over the summer. .

And before she died, Walker said her mother was the victim of a scam.

“Money was tight. We went from a two-income household to one. My mother mortgaged the house. And a few months later, my daughter went missing,” she said.

GOFUNDME’S ANSWER

In an emailed statement to The Sun, a GoFundMe spokesperson said it was reviewing Walker’s donation page.

“I can confirm that our Trust & Safety team is in contact with Cheryl Walker, the organizer of the fundraiser, and that a review of this fundraiser is ongoing.”

“If any sponsor wants to request a refund in the meantime, we’ll process it for them.

“Our Trust & Safety team is committed to monitoring activity on and off the platform to ensure compliance with our Terms of Service. Results may range from fundraisers, pending, pending. further review, to complete removal – and in some cases, possibly even banning a user for abusing our platform.”

POLICE CLASSIFIED GROUP AS ‘RISK’

Walker said she felt she had to go to San Diego because she felt the police weren’t doing enough to find Lateche.

About three weeks after she was last seen on November 7, San Diego police updated her status to a “at-risk” missing person for Mysterious Circumstances surrounding her disappearance but said there was no evidence of a crime.

Lateche and boyfriend Joey Smith said they lived on the street

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Lateche and boyfriend Joey Smith said they lived on the streetCredit: CBS News 8

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