Teenage runaway found in Blenheim

02:26, May 06 2013
Willow perkins
Willow Perkins and John Barrett

A Southland teenager who ran away with a 50-year-old man has been found with him in Blenheim.

Police called for public help to find Willow Perkins, 14, after she ran away from an Invercargill residence on Wednesday with 50-year-old Nightcaps man John Barrett.

It was the second time they had run away together.

Willow Perkins
Willow Perkins

Willow and Mr Barrett had previously disappeared together for about two weeks, but she had voluntarily returned to her father's house on April 27.

Senior Sergeant Bruce Terry, of Invercargill, said police had located the pair in the Wairau Valley, about 40km southwest of Blenheim, yesterday.

They had been notified of Willow's whereabouts by a member of the public.

Willow Perkins
Willow Perkins

Inquiries into the matter were continuing and the two were still in the Blenheim area, he said. He would not comment further.



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