It was an ordinary night in 2013 when Pam Massimiani gave her 14-year-old daughter, Emily, a tight hug before hitting the sheets. Nothing seemed out of place in their home in Tallahassee, Florida.
That was until Emily Wynell Paul left their house with a bag full of her belongings, including an Xbox. At 6:30 in the morning, she got inside a vehicle with an unknown driver.
Authorities spent five years looking for Emily as she was tagged an “endangered runaway”. Police found out that she had been searching online for ideas on how to run away from home prior to her disappearance.
The family was devastated. Emily left them a three-page letter that stated she left intentionally. It did not mention where she planned to go; it just said that she might come back home once she turned 18.
Then there was radio silence. Emily never used her Facebook or any other social media account. Aside from that, there were still no sightings of the teen even after years have passed.
Now, five years after Emily left, Pam confirmed with The News Herald that Emily sent her a letter. There was still nothing on her whereabouts or with whom she was staying with, but Pam firmly believes that it came from her daughter, who is now 19-years-old.
The Bay County Sherriff’s Office released a video statement wanting to ensure Emily was okay, where she opted to be, and that she willingly decided to leave home.
To everyone’s surprise, Emily walked into a local police station, and her statements with a detective indicated that she was truly safe. However, she does not want to disclose her location to her family.
Melissa Parker, Emily’s cousin, said in an interview that they respect her decision. The family remains hopeful that Emily will eventually find her way back home to be a part of their lives.