Missing Heidi Planck 'text friend to say she was scared' before disappearance, family says as they share suspicions

HEIDI Planck is said to have texted her new boyfriend to say she was scared and wished he was with her in the days before her shock disappearance.

The missing mom shared her fears with Na’eem Salaam, 43, who works for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as a vice president for operations, according to reports.

Her cousin Trey Hawkins said: "If the facts are true about her message to her boyfriend about being scared…then something terrible happened to her."

Trey told The Sun Heidi would not have run away because of son's upcoming birthday and would not "have just taken off."

He added: "That is not in her character at all. We all feel something has happened."

Trey said the family fears "some kind of foul play", adding: "Something has happened."

Heidi was last seen at her son's football game on October 17, where her ex husband Jim Wayne said she appeared "edgy."

She was captured on security footage leaving her home in Downey, California with her dog in her gray 2017 Range Rover that same day.

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Her pooch was later found on the 28th floor of a high-rise in LA.

Police said on Thursday they had accessed the security footage from inside that building.

Ex Jim, 63, reported Heidi missing after she failed to pick up their 10-year-old son from school three days later.

Trey added: "We are definitely worried about her. Clearly something was going on.

"I know that she spoke to her mom a few days before she disappeared about her intention to come home for Thanksgiving. 

"She also talked to my other aunt and told her she was coming home and wanting to see them all. 

"Nothing was out of the ordinary in those chats.There was no indication anything was wrong

"The fact that my cousin was planning to come home for Thanksgiving, plans she was making days before she disappeared, and that her son's birthday was just days away leads me to believe she did not run.

Trey said his cousin is "a loving and generous person."

He added: "She is an all round good person."


On October 29, FBI agents raided Heidi's home carrying away various files; they had been bracing to find a crime scene there, according to local reports.

That came after it emerged Heidi's boss was under federal securities investigation for possible fraud charges, according to local reports.

Trey said he did not know about her job or any connection to the building her dog was found in.

The Sun revealed on Wednesday how Heidi had been dating a high-flying vice president at Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg’s charity.

The single mom had been dating Na’eem Salaam, 43, who works for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as a vice president for operations, according to his Linked-In account. 

Stanford-educated Na’eem’s mom Amirah confirmed to The Sun that he had been dating Heidi and gasped "oh no" when told that she had gone missing. 

The mental health counsellor confirmed she had met Heidi previously, and that she "hoped all is well”.


Heidi’s ex-husband Jim Wayne told The Sun on Tuesday that Na’eem and Heidi had an argument before she went missing and he had assumed that she was “ghosting him” when he didn’t hear from her. 

The 63-year-old Beverly Hills beauty salon owner stressed that he had no suspicions regarding Na’eem.

He explained: “I don’t have any worries about him, he’s a great guy.

“I'm no detective for sure, but he seems like a really great guy. 

“They had been in an argument the week before so he didn't know anything about her disappearance.

“He thought she was just ghosting him. 

“He had no idea.”


Jim said the couple’s quarrel was over Na’eem feeling obligated to remain up north instead of traveling down to Los Angeles to be with Heidi.

“He said that they got into an argument because he lives in San Francisco and she wanted him to come down but he couldn’t because he had to work,” said Jim.

“As I said, I'm not a detective, but I can pretty much assure you that that’s not it.”

There is no evidence to suggest that Heidi's partner was involved in her disappearance, and police have not named him as a suspect or person of interest in her disappearance.

Heidi's car remains missing, according to local reports, while her laptop and phone were found at her home during a wellness check on October 20.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, her ex Jim revealed how he found messages on Heidi's phone from a stranger who had discovered her dog Seven wandering alone in the high-rise.

He said he then went to pick up the pet from a couple "who said they had just found it roaming around on their floor in the hallway."

Jim added: "I first became worried when Heidi didn’t show up to pick up our son at school and I contacted the West LA police department immediately. 

"The dog's microchip…was an afterthought. I guess it was three or four days later that I started looking."


Heidi is white, 5-feet-3 inches tall, and weighs about 120 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Planck, Heidi please contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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