Toby Mason (source: International Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
Samantha Parker (source: Danielle Parker)
CRESTWOOD, KY (WAVE) - It's been nearly two weeks since an Oldham County mother has seen her daughter, and police believe she may be in danger. Danielle Parker last saw her 16-year-old daughter, Samantha Parker, on May 8.
"Please Samantha, I love you so much and just want you to come home," said Parker.
It was Mother's Day the last time Parker saw her daughter.
"I went to wake her up at 7:45 and she wasn't in her bed there was just a note," said Parker.
In the note, Samantha told her mom she was sorry to hurt her, but that she was leaving of her own freewill and not to call the police.
"She mentioned those two words - "adventure" and a "mission" - and I don't know what this man has put in her head," said Parker.
That man is 52-year-old Toby Mason, a convicted felon.
"She called this man 'Pops,'" said Parker. "'Pops said this, and pops said that' and all this stuff," said Parker.
Police believe the two ran off together, possibly to Florida.
"I do believe she thinks of him as a father figure and she trusts and feels that she's safe with him, but I don't trust him," said Parker.
Parker says she was introduced to Mason back in January as her daughter's friend's uncle, only later to learn there was no relation.
"Apparently, his house was the big teenage hangout for South Oldham High School, pot smoking and bring your own spirits," said Parker.
Since Samantha went missing, Parker has looked for clues as to why. In her school notebook, she discovered the following entry.
"What have I done, I left my mommy to go see a world, I have my whole life to find."
Mason does have a warrant out for his arrest for a probation violation from a theft and fraud conviction. If you have any information about this case, call Oldham County Police at (502) 222-1300.
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