The Taylorville teenager who
has been missing for close to a week is believed to be safe
and sound in Queenstown, after posting a message to his
step-mother on Facebook this morning.
Liam Stirling was put on the bus at Haast last Wednesday to
travel to his father in Greymouth after staying with a Child,
Youth and Family (CYF) caregiver. When the bus stopped at
Paringa about 3pm, Liam hopped off and failed to return.
After mounting concerns yesterday, West Coast police area
commander Inspector John Canning said they now believed Liam
"However, I cannot confirm this until we have tapped him on
The teenager messaged his mother on Facebook just before 10am
today, saying, "I'm all goods" (sic).
Mr Canning confirmed that Liam had been "tapping away" on a
computer and police were attempting to track him down through
the IP address of the computer used.
"As yet we have not managed to find out where he is and we
cannot confirm this, obviously, until we have made contact
Police in Otago had CCTV footage of the teenager and "he
looked well in that".
Police believe he left the bus and headed south toward
Dunedin, where he has family.
A CYF spokeswoman confirmed they were looking into how it was
CYF put Liam on the bus to return him to his father after
spending a couple of nights with a caregiver.
The spokeswoman said he was not subject to any supervisory or
detention arrangements and he had agreed to return to
Liam's mother lives in Renwick and his father in Taylorville.
- By Viv Logie of the