Goodwill shown by the Putaruru community overwhelmed police
during today's search for a missing toddler.
The 2-year-old, who went missing in the town this morning,
was found "safe and well" this afternoon.
Police thanked the community for their significant help in
The police station was besieged with offers of assistance:
from members of the public through to the volunteer fire
service, police said.
The little girl wandered off from the property where she
lives about 11.30am and a major search began.
About three and a-quarter hours later, occupants of a house
nearby went to investigate noises and found the girl, who had
wandered onto their property.
She was safe and well, and the occupants of the house
immediately alerted police.
Earlier today Rotorua police Sergeant Courtney Brunt said
police and the family members were "very concerned" for the
"We are seeking the community's assistance to help us find
her," he said.
"If they can search their properties to make sure she is not
hiding in a shed and keep their eyes open for her that would
be most helpful."
A search and rescue team was activated to search in the
Charles St/Clothier St area of Putaruru.