This is what I've learned so far.
Officially, my friend's mom isn't really missing (sigh). She, supposedly, left with this man of her own accord. According to the police, the fact that she hasn't been seen and is with a man (and former boyfriend) recently released from jail does not mean she's been kidnapped. She is an adult and if she wants to leave town and not tell anyone, that is her prerogative.
The day before she "disappeared", she withdrew $1000 from her account. Did she take the money out willingly or not? Who knows?
My friend has been in contact with her mom via cell phone, but doesn't know where she is. Mom hasn't said. This could or could not mean she went willingly. The man could be preventing her from revealing her whereabouts. Or not. I don't know the last time the daughter had any contact with Mom.
I learned yesterday that my friend's uncle told her the mom once disappeared for 2 years (before my friend was born... my friend is around 25). She also tends to be attracted to bad dudes.
So, basically, I have no answers, just more questions. The mystery deepens.
Was she taken by force, or is she off on a lark?
Did he force her to withdraw money the day before she disappeared, or did she do it willingly?
Why is she not telling her daughter where she is? Is he preventing her from saying? Or does she not want to be found right now?
I'm starting to lean towards she's gone willingly. I hope I'm right. But if so, it's just plain mean to put her daughter through such agony.
When I know more, I'll pass the info on.