Published: Jan 03, 2013 6:43 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Deputies are searching for a 28-year-old Golden Gate woman and her 3-year-old daughter who haven’t been seen since last month.

Investigators said Melinda Sue Daniels left her home at 5595 17th Ave. S.W. on Dec. 10, taking her daughter Jessianna Daniels with her. They haven’t been seen since, but Melinda Daniels has been in contact with family members via text messaging in recent days, investigators said.

Family members are concerned for their welfare.

Melinda Daniels was driving a beige 2003 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle with Florida license plate number V732UK.

Investigators said Melinda Daniels is described as white, 5 feet 2 inches tall and about 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Jessianna is described as black, and 2 foot 3 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 239.252.9300.