MISSING mom Heidi Planck had been dating a high-flying vice president at Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg’s charity, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
Heidi, 39, disappeared under highly mysterious circumstances after attending her 10-year-old son’s football game in Los Angeles on October 17.
BEAU'S MOM: 'OH NO!'
Now, it has emerged that 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.
The organization is owned by Facebook founder Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.
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 counselor confirmed she had met Heidi previously, and that she "hoped all is well”.
Amirah said: “Na’eem works for the Zuckerberg Chan Initiative, he's a vice president there.
“I’m trying to speak to him about Heidi Planck, who has gone missing.
“I do know her, I met her.”
'A REALLY GREAT GUY'
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.”
ATTENDED SON’S FOOTBALL GAME
Heidi disappeared after suddenly leaving her son's flag football game in Downey on October 17, where loved ones say she appeared "edgy" and "angsty".
“She left the game with her dog Seven…” the woman’s missing poster reads.
She failed to pick up their son from school three days later, according to Jim.
Heidi was captured on security footage leaving her home with her dog in her gray 2017 Range Rover on October 17.
That dog was found later that day on the 28th floor of a high-rise building in downtown LA – 12 miles from her Downey, California home.
Jim insists Heidi's new man is a "great guy", adding: "I don’t have any worries about him, he’s a great guy."
he noted that Heidi’s home was left in pristine condition, but that she left behind her phone and laptops, according to an interview with NBC News. <<https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/missing-in-america/friends-family-plead-help-locating-los-angeles-mother-heidi-planck-n1282925>>
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.
Jim explained that he is acting as the “lead contact” for the police and Heidi’s friends through the ordeal.
He described Heidi as a great worker and a great mom.”
“We have totally different parenting styles,” he said.
“I’m a very strict dad. This is not my first rodeo, I’ve got two older kids.
“Our son is Heidi’s only child and she is a bit more relaxed in her parenting style.
“We were married for a couple of years but had been with each other for four years.
He said that they couple decided to get divorced “nine years ago."
MISSED PICKUP, REPORTED MISSING
When Heidi failed to pick up her 10-year-old son from school on October 20, her ex-husband filed a missing person’s report.
Then, on October 29, FBI agents raided her 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.
'SOMETHING OUT OF PLACE'
Heidi's friends posted flyers in LA on Saturday nearby where her dog was found wandering.
Los Angeles Police Department detectives have not said how Heidi is connected to the apartment complex.
Jarrod Burguan, a retired San Bernardino police chief found it curious that Heidi’s dog Seven was found, but Heidi disappeared.
"People are very, very attached to their pets, and their pets do not just go missing,” he said.
"There clearly is something out of place here."
One friend told CBS: "It seems to us that everything stems from that building where her dog was found."
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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