Houlka family searches for missing teen

A family is crying out for help after 16-year-old Haley Thomas disappeared in July.

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 12:00 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2021 7:45 PM

HOULKA, Miss. (WTVA) - Sixteen-year-old Haley Thomas' family is asking the public for help in finding her.

Toni Cooper last saw her daughter on July 25 at approximately 2 a.m. She hugged her mother and said, "I love you." She then went back into her room.

Haley Thomas disappeared in July 2021.

When Cooper woke up several hours later, she yelled Thomas' name but didn't get an answer. Her daughter was nowhere to be found.

“She was gone. Everything in her room, but her bed, dresser and TV was gone,” Cooper said.

Cooper called Thomas' aunt Lisa Turley for help. The two tried to get in contact with Thomas, but her phone was deactivated and her computer was wiped clean.

Turley said she can’t believe the girl she helped raised is gone.

“I need to know she’s OK," Turley said. "That she’s safe, she’s got somewhere to lay her head, got something to eat. Not knowing is killing me."

Houlka Police Chief Phillip Smith said officers tracked down every lead for months but Thomas disappeared without a trace.

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Smith recently called the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation for extra help. They believe Thomas could be a victim of human trafficking.

“We just want to get Haley home, and any help will be thoroughly appreciated,” Smith said.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Houlka Police Department or the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Department.

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