NZ Police and the family of missing Clyde teenager, Caitlin Blanch, are urging her to make contact.
Caitlin was last reported to be seen hopping off her school bus at around 8am on Tuesday, 27 July.
“We just want to know she is safe. Reach out to us, make contact and let us know you are safe,” a family spokesperson said today.
“It doesn’t matter who you contact, family or friends, it can be anybody. We just want to know you are safe, that’s all we care about.”
Police and LandSAR volunteers from the Otago area have been searching for Caitlin.
“Despite incredible support from our search teams, and the public, we have exhausted all viable search area options at this time,” NZ Police said in a statement.
“While the physical search has been suspended, Police continue to identify and follow-up new lines of enquiry into Caitlin’s whereabouts including if she has travelled outside of Alexandra.
“We believe Caitlin could be in the greater Otago area or beyond. At this time, there is nothing to suggest there is any foul play.
“We continue to have regular contact with Caitlin’s family and have advised them of this.
“They understand that we won’t hesitate to initiate further physical searches as new information comes to hand.”
Caitlin’s family and Police say they are extremely concerned for her welfare.
“We are urging Caitlin to make contact with us and continue to appeal for information from the public to help us locate her,” Police said.
Caitlin is described as being of medium build, 175cm tall, and is believed to be wearing a black jacket with fur trim, the beanie (as pictured), black jeans, black boots and a dark green jersey.
Anyone who has seen Caitlin or has information about her whereabouts or wellbeing is urged to call Police on 105, quoting file number 210728/6065.