Update: KHOU is reporting several confirmed sightings of Erickson today. She apparently hitched a ride west to El Paso from a friend in Austin, and reportedly told that friend she "is not Vicky anymore."
A 31-year-old food blogger from Atlanta has gone missing in Houston, and her friends and family are desperate for information on her whereabouts. Victoria Moon Erickson, a raw foods blogger, was visiting Houston while on a road trip to both meet up with a long-lost brother and to spend time at Pat Greer's Raw Kitchen, where she was staying when she disappeared.
Erickson's foster brother, Paul Samford, first alerted Houstonians to her disappearance with a thread on Reddit in which he noted that Erickson had vanished from her room at Pat Greer's Raw Kitchen on Monday, January 21, leaving her beloved dog, Jet, behind.
"Pat discovered that Vicky was missing from her room Monday," wrote Samford. "Her dog, cellphone, wallet ID and car were all still there, but no Vicky. The most troubling info here is that she left her dog. That is VERY unlike Vicky, to be apart from him."
Erickson had been complaining of a head injury prior to her disappearance this past Monday. She had been scheduled to help in Greer's kitchen that day, but went back to her room to lie down. Greer told Fox 26 that Erickson had seemingly vanished into thin air.
"It's like she just vanished," Greer told Fox 26 reporter Ned Hibberd. "I mean, all her stuff, everything is here. It's just bizarre."
Erickson was last seen by one of Greer's employees on that Monday night, while her friends in Atlanta report that Erickson sent a text close to midnight that contained only two letters: "XO."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that the man Erickson came to meet in Houston was likely not her long-lost brother, and that the blogger had been facing a lot of stress leading up to her road trip. During the trip, she'd been living out of her late-model Chrysler LeBaron when she wasn't finding room and board with people such as Pat Greer, who is well known in the Houston food community.
Erickson's last entry in her blog, Permission to Heal, chronicled her trip from Austin to Houston and her arrival in the Bayou City around January 13.
Upon arriving in Houston, I was not sure I was in love. This is why I knew I had to stay instead of fly "away" like some "thing" was telling me to do. Now, I am glad I did stay. This town is starting to grow on me. What I love is that it nurtures my private, quiet nature in a way Austin did not. Austin is amazing, and the people are so welcoming. But I actually don't mind feeling like an "outcast" at times because it allows me to be close and distant with "other" healers. What I mean is I can blend in and be in the presence of "other" and still keep to myself and use the sounds bouncing round to inspire art and writing. Houston is proving to be good for this while also being engaging in a distinct yet similar way to cities like Los Angeles and Manhattan.
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Erickson's friends and family have set up a Facebook page that they hope will lead Erickson home, but anyone with information is asked to contact the Houston Police Department at 713-884-3131, where investigators are working on her case.
Finding Vicky, as she's called, would be all the sweeter for her friends and family today of all days: This is Erickson's 32nd birthday.