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Police appeal for LA Tukerangi to get in touch

Published: 12:45PM Monday August 03, 2015

  •  (Source: Supplied by NZ Police)
    LA Tukerangi (left) and Dean Whakatau - Source: Supplied by NZ Police

The search continues for 15-year-old LA Tukerangi who is believed to be with 36-year-old Dean Whakatau.

In a press release, Police reveal their enquiries, as well as social media commentary, have indicated that the two have been together for around two weeks after leaving a property in Auckland.

Detective Senior Sergeant Zane Smith says they are only focused on speaking with LA to make sure she's safe.

"Speculation on social media as to whether she is with Dean Whakatau willingly or not is unhelpful; we won't know the answer to that question until we speak to her directly.

"The fact remains that LA is only 15, her family desperately want her home and Police need to make sure she is safe and back with her family as soon as possible."

LA Tukerangi's family says the teen contacted them on Saturday to say she was being held against her will.

Police continue to ask that any sightings of LA Tukerangi or Dean Whakatau be reported immediately to 111.