Missing mom's whereabouts remain a mystery

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by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News & KHOU.com staff

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Posted on September 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 5:05 PM

HOUSTON – There’s still been no sign of a young Houston mother who vanished a week ago.

Michelle Warner’s estranged boyfriend said she stormed out of their southwest Houston apartment in the 7200 block of Bellerive after an argument last Friday.

The boyfriend drove to Odessa with the couple's 3-year-old son, Cayden, that same night. 

A neighbor said he saw the boyfriend loading boxes and blankets into Warner’s car the day she disappeared.

"He got nervous when he saw me, like, he got shooked [SIC] up and got in her -- that lady’s -- car and took off," the neighbor said. He didn't want to show his face out of fear.

Warner’s family members say police told them the carpet inside the couple’s apartment had recently been bleached, but investigators are now denying that.

Homicide detectives and a Crime Scene Unit were at the apartment Thursday looking for more clues.

Warner’s relatives and friends are worried sick because they say it’s not like her to disappear. They describe her as "outgoing and talkative" and say she'd been in good spirits lately.

"Her brother just had a baby and she’s just been very happy-go-lucky about the whole thing," said Ashleigh Peterson, Warner’s cousin. "She had been posting pictures on Facebook and keeping us all updated about the baby and we haven’t heard anything from her."

Family members have put up posters with Warner’s photo and Equusearch volunteers have joined the search for her.

"There’s not a whole lot that we can do other than ask people for clues," one relative said.

Relatives have confirmed that Cayden is fine. The boyfriend is reportedly heading back to Houston and is cooperating with police.

Michelle Warner, 31, is described as 5'6, about 125 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She has a dolphin tattoo on one shoulder and a butterfly tattoo on her foot. She wears a stud in her pierced nose.

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