THE mother of a missing teenager who vanished five years ago says she has received a letter from her daughter.

Emily Wynell Paul, now 19, had left her home in Florida at around 6.30am on April 13, 2013, when she was 14, according to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

The young girl left only a note, saying she was leaving home.

Having had no word from her since then, on Thursday Emily’s mother Pam Massimiani shared on social media that she received a letter and based on the contents of it she believes it is from her daughter, the Panama City News Herald reported.

“I’m pretty sure it’s from her,” Massimiani told the News Herald, adding that she hopes to hear more from her daughter.

The contents of the letter were being kept private for now, the family said. Ms Massimiani intends on speaking to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office about the case, according to the News Herald.

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford was aware of the letter and “feels pretty good” it is from Emily.

They believe the 14-year-old likely researched online how to be a successful runaway, investigators determined at the time. She took her Xbox game console with her and hasn’t used her Facebook account since she left home, the paper reported.

Emily’s mobile phone has pinged only three times since she left home.