Heather Danielle Cannon was only 15 years old when she vanished on August 27th, 2009. At the time of her disappearance, Heather was living in Athens, Texas with her father Jerral Allen Whitley. She was reportedly last seen locally in the company of her father, but authorities initially believed that she left on her own accord. However, when Heather’s father was questioned, he refused to take a polygraph. He was later arrested on unrelated drug offenses and was incarcerated for 18 months. He was eventually released in 2014.
It is unclear if Heather’s father has ever been considered a person of interest by investigators. What is clear now is that investigators no longer believe that Heather left on her own accord. In fact, during 2017 the Henderson County sheriff’s department conducted a search on a private property in the LaRue area. They reportedly searched through a heavily wooded area on an 8-acre plot of land. Investigators have not revealed what, if anything, came out of that search. They also have not revealed how they were able to obtain a search warrant.
Heather remains missing today and authorities in Henderson County are continuing to investigate her case. If you have any information that could lead to Heather’s whereabouts, please contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 675-5128.