Campos family says missing teen 'not a bad kid'

Published: Dec. 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 3:31 AM CST
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Zoe Campos
Zoe Campos

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Flyers sit on the counter of the Campos apartment, each of the three stacks a different color and warm, a sign they were freshly printed.

On the kitchen table, a new poster adorned with Zoe's face took center stage.

For the Campos family it's all a part of the continued effort to find their daughter, which so far has not been successful.

"A lot of unpromising leads and we get a lot of crank calls. It's kind of hard now. The police have been pretty active, trying to stay on top of any little clue that we send them," said Zoe's mother, Melinda Campos.

Zoe's absence has been hard to deal with, especially in the holiday season.

"Thanksgiving was Zoe's favorite. She loved turkey and Christmas is just not going to be the same if we don't find her," Melinda said.

It has been just over two weeks since Zoe was last seen. Yesterday the Lubbock Police Department held a news conference to provide an update on their investigation.

They said, "Zoe was involved in behavior that might put her in harm's way. We believe she is in danger."

The Campos family was shocked.

"We were unaware of what was going to be said and what was said caught us off guard," Melinda said. "She should have been considered as endangered at the very beginning. Zoe was a homebody. She was young, beautiful but she was a homebody. I don't understand where those comments come from."

The family is worried it will shift the focus away from finding Zoe.

"I feel like people are going to be looking at her like oh well this is just an 18 year old bad kid and that's what I want to get across is that she's not. I am her mother, yes, but she's not that person that would do something like this and then stay away."

"At this point I feel like it's something that doesn't need to be commented on because it doesn't fit Zoe's criteria and I'm going to stick with that regardless because I'm her mother but other people that know her know that wasn't her," Melinda said.

"Zoe wasn't a bad person at all, that wasn't my sister. She wouldn't put herself in danger, she would give you her last," Zoe's sister, Savannah, said.

Melinda says she is thankful for all of the support people have given their family and says she will not lose hope.

"People have reached out to us and said prayers with us, hugged us, it's awesome. It just gives us that hope. That's all we have is hope, the faith that someone will eventually call with the best lead ever and that's what we hope on."

If you've seen Zoe Campos, or think you know where she could be, please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000 or contact Detective Mayer at 806-775-3701.

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