Missing boy pops up on Facebook
A runaway West Coast teenager has popped up on Facebook, allaying ''immediate concerns'' for his welfare.
Liam Stirling, 15, of Taylorville, near Greymouth, has been missing since he got off a bus travelling from Haast to Greymouth at Paringa about 3pm last Wednesday.
West Coast area commander Inspector John Canning told The Press on Sunday that he was starting to have concerns for the teenager.
Liam's grandfather, Rob Stirling, feared his disappearance might end in tragedy.
However, a police spokeswoman today said police knew Liam had been on social networking website Facebook since being reported missing.
"It allays some of our immediate concerns for his welfare.''
A member of the public had called saying they picked Liam up while he was hitch-hiking not far from where he got off the bus on the day he went missing.
"We thought he might have been trying to make his way back to Dunedin, and this would suggest that we are on the right track,'' the spokeswoman said.
Liam, a Greymouth High School pupil, moved to the West Coast from Renwick in Marlborough about two years ago and was living with his father.
He previously attended Marlborough Boys' College, and his grandfather said he was from a broken family.
He is described as 1.9 metres tall, of thin build with light brown hair.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should ring the Greymouth police on 03 768 1609.
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