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Meter reader was key to finding missing 14-year-old in Wadestown

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A local meter reader who had seen a Police news release was the key to finding a missing teen in Wellington last week.

The meter reader saw Violet Cowan walk on to a driveway in Wadestown, toward an area of bush.

Although she was no longer wearing the clothing she was last seen in, the reader was confident it was the girl in the photograph released by Police.

Police checked the description of the clothes with the her family, who confirmed she owned clothes that matched. This narrowed down the search area substantially and allowed LandSAR and Police to locate the 14-year-old.

Wellington District SAR Coordinator, Sergeant Ants Harmer, was heading the search.

“ When planning any search I always recommend media use,” says Sgt Harmer. “Sightings from the public are critical when we’re trying to contain a search area and it allows us to cast a much greater net.

“We have always had a great response from our media team, so I can’t endorse them enough.”

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