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Concern for missing teenage mental health patient

Published: 4:44PM Tuesday May 01, 2012 Source: ONE News

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Police are concerned about the safety of a teenager who failed to return to an Auckland mental health unit after taking leave at the weekend.

Tevita Lea'aetoa, 18, left Te Whetu Tawera as an inpatient for two hours of unescorted approved leave on Saturday and has not returned.

Te Whetu Tawera is the Auckland District Health Board's 58-bed Acute Mental Health Unit for adults, based on the grounds of Auckland Hospital.

Police said Lea'aetoa's behaviour can be erratic and unpredictable at times and he did not take any medication with him.

He has not accessed any bank accounts in the past few days, and has not made contact with family members, police said.

The teenager was last seen leaving the hospital grounds shortly after 11am on Saturday, wearing a black tee shirt, long trousers and tan boots.

He is Polynesian, about 180cm tall and of solid/fat build.

Lea'aetoa has a tattoo on his left hand of the number '1', and a dot on his right hand.