A 14-year-old Kapiti runaway missing for 12 days has not been located, despite police assurances earlier today she had been found safe and well.
Danielle Ellison-Wallace, a ''regular runaway'', has not been seen since she ran from her Paraparaumu home about 8pm on Thursday, August 8.
Yesterday, police appealed for the teen to ''come home''. It was believed she may have been heading for Christchurch where she has friends, police said.
This morning, police announced first that Miss Ellison-Wallace had been found at the Wellington Interislander ferry terminal yesterday afternoon.
That report was later corrected to say she'd been found in Christchurch last night and would be returned to her caregivers today.
But police now admit they haven't located the Kapiti teen, nor do they know where she is.
''Despite assurances and rumours heard by Danielle's family, friends and social agencies in Christchurch, Danielle has not yet been located by police or Child, Youth and Family,'' a police spokesman said.
''Rumours that Danielle was going to report to Christchurch police station have not eventuated overnight or today.''
It is understood she made contact with a social worker on Friday, but she has not yet been sighted by the authorities.
Kapiti Youth Aid officer Constable Peter Swann said police still needed to find the Miss Ellison-Wallace.
"It was our very best hope that Danielle had been found, but unfortunately this is not the case. I want to reassure Danielle that everyone is simply worried about her safety and encourage her to make contact soon.''
Although she was thought to be street-smart, it was still a long time for a 14-year-old to be missing, police said.
In past cases, she had usually returned home after a few days.
"We still require the public's assistance to help locate Danielle and ask that any information about where she might be is reported to police,'' Mr Swann said.
Police enquiries would continue tomorrow, the police spokesman said.
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