"Investigators have determined that they left on their own free will", police said in a statement. And just after 3 a.m. Sunday, a fire broke out at Lamping's house and no one was home.
Virginia police issued a missing and endangered alert for a young mother and her two children, who disappeared after she had been out on a blind date, according to her family.
Kevin Lamping, the father of one of Monica's children, told 13News Now on Wednesday that she and the children were found somewhere in North Carolina.
Authorities contacted Anne Shell, a friend of Lamping, to ask whether the mother-of-two had been in touch following the fire, but she had not. "[Monica] said something about vehicle trouble and Chad could fix it". A fire department official tells the Virginian-Pilot that it's believed a space heater might have caused the fire, but it's not definitive.
An occupant of the house said it "had been without heat for some time". She adds that, on Sunday, she received a phone call from a Virginia Beach fire department informing her that her daughter's house had burnt to the ground, reports 13 News Now.
Shell suspects she was the last person to have contact with Lamping at around 10 p.m. January 21 via text message.
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Police had been searching for the woman and her two children since the weekend. Every family member who WAVY spoke with said the same thing - it was unlike Monica to leave like this.
Monica Lamping, 29, was last heard by from relatives around midnight Sunday and seen traveling in a 2002 Jeep Cherokee with her two children, 9-month old Oria and 7-year-old, Kai.
The family has been distributing pictures and information about Lamping and her children, 7-year-old Kai and 8-month-old Oria, on social media.
"We're just anxious about the kids", Moira said.
Family members told 10 On Your Side Tuesday that the auto was seen around 2 a.m. Sunday at the Downtown Tunnel heading west. Police confirmed that the Jeep was spotted traveling through the tunnel. "I just want her to come home safe".