Relieved family ‘had thought the worst’:police
THE teenager reported missing from his home for nine days was located safe and well yesterday, much to the relief of his family.
Caleb Glasier, aged 19, had not been in contact with his family since January 4 and they called police in.
A search was started for him yesterday morning on a farm inland from Tokomaru Bay on the Mata Road.
“A member of the public rang police mid-afternoon yesterday to say Caleb was safe, after learning about concern for his wellbeing from media coverage,” said search spokesman Sergeant Greg Lexmond.
“His parents were immediately advised their son was safe and well, and they were elated and relieved.
“They had thought the worst,” Sgt Lexmond said.
“Caleb had walked more than 20 kilometres down Mata Road to the coast highway and then hitch-hiked to Gisborne.
“He went to the Salvation Army to see about some accommodation and they steered him towards SuperGrans. He had been in their care.”
The searchers had planned to bring a whole lot more people and the rescue chopper into the search today.
“Fortunately that is no longer necessary,” Sgt Lexmond said.
“It's a happy ending and that's a good thing.”