Mum uses Facebook to find daughter
A worried mum has taken to Facebook appealing for the safe return of her missing teenage daughter.
Browns Bay girl Jazmine Marie Rudolph-Karena, 14, did not return home after school yesterday afternoon.
Mum Julia Rudolph-Karena says it is unusual for Jazmine to disappear without telling anyone.
Jazmine is one of five children and one of three teenage daughters at Rangitoto College.
Ms Rudolph-Karena says she usually travels to and from school with her sisters.
"Yesterday was a bit of a different day. One of my daughters called me sick at 1pm and the other was in an exam.
"I think disappearing is something she has chosen to do at this point," she says.
Ms Rudolph-Karena raised concern with police when Jazmine failed to answer her phone and friends knew nothing of her whereabouts.
North Shore Police has confirmed officers are now working to bring Jazmine home.
Earlier today Jazmine made contact with her mum using her mobile phone.
"We still don't know where she is or who she is with.
"It is in the hands of police and we're hoping this will be the break through we need to bring her home," Ms Rudolph-Karena says.
The ordeal has had a big impact on the entire family, she says.
"I have five children and they are all feeling the effect of what's happened, especially the other two girls. It is really scary."
Ms Rudolph-Karena fears her daughter's disappearance may be linked to her online activity and friendships she has made over the internet.
"The whole cyber thing is really dangerous. Kids can befriend people they don't even know and next thing you know phone numbers have been exchanged.
"It really rings alarm bells as a parent. We have tried to be really strict about it in our household, but when you come down hard there's that risk they might rebel."
Call North Shore Police on 477-5000 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have any information.
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