Police say they remain ''one step behind'' a Kapiti teenager missing for the past two weeks in Christchurch.
Fourteen-year-old Kapiti runaway Danielle Ellison-Wallace has has not been seen since she ran from her Paraparaumu caregivers about 8pm on Thursday, August 8.
Kapiti youth aid officer Constable Peter Swann said Christchurch police had been visiting her friends' homes in the region, but hadn't been able to catch up with her.
''She just likes to move on. It's like she's moving from here to there to there and it's like we're just one step behind her.
''She was there last night, but not this morning - it's like that. She's a smart girl ... But we will catch up.''
Described as a ''regular runaway'' by police, Miss Ellison-Wallace has run away from home several times in the past, although never before for such a long time.
While police hadn't found her yet, they would, Mr Swann said.
''It's just causing so much stress and strain. There's so much time and effort put into finding her, when she could just make a phone call.
''It's just going to take a bit of time, but we'll get her. It's like finding a needle in a haystack.''
It was frustrating that people in Christchurch were helping her hide, Mr Swann said.
But her New Plymouth grandfather Neil Ellison said she probably didn't want to be found.
She was actively avoiding the family, he said.
''No-one has heard from her. Apparently she has been updating her Facebook, but she's blocked everyone in the family.''
The family were worried about her safety, he said, although they knew about her history of running away.
''I think everybody is worried about her. She disappears all the time; this is not uncommon. But normally she's located well before now.
''She's got her own mind. She probably won't stay put.''
Police in Christchurch would continue looking for her today and tomorrow, Mr Swann said. If she hadn't been located by Friday night, CIB detectives would take over for the weekend.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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