Willow escapes CYF home

04:13, May 06 2013
Willow perkins
Willow Perkins and John Barrett

A 14-year-old Southland girl who took off with a 50-year-old man has run away again after being found by police near Blenheim yesterday.

Police believe Willow Perkins, of Ohai, left the Child Youth and Family home in Blenheim she was placed in yesterday and met up again with 50-year-old Southland man John Barrett.

Willow ran away from an Invercargill residence on Wednesday with Mr Barrett, of Nightcaps.

It was the second time they had run away together.

Detective Scott MacKenzie, of Winton police, said Willow was found yesterday by police in the Wairau Valley, about 40 kilometres south of Blenheim, after a member of the public recognised her.

Willow Perkins
Willow Perkins

She was put in the custody of Child Youth and Family and Mr Barrett was served with a restraining order to keep him away from her.

At some time last night, Willow left the CYF home and did not return, Mr MacKenzie said.

She is described as approximately 165cm tall, of small build with dark hair and green blue eyes and of European and Maori descent.

Mr Barrett is 179cm tall and of medium build.


The pair may be travelling in a 1997 Red Toyota Cavalier sports car, registration number AYZ159.

Police believe Willow was not forced to go with Mr Barrett but they are concerned for her safety, Mr MacKenzie said.

They would not comment further on the pair's relationship.

Police can arrest Mr Barrett if they find him with Willow because of the restraining order in place, Mr MacKenzie said.

Anyone with information on the pair or their whereabouts should contact Blenheim police on 03 578 5279.

Anonymous information can be given by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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