Family and Police extremely concerned for safety of LA Tukerangi

  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Police and the family of 15-year-old LA Tukerangi are extremely concerned for her safety after she contacted family members and informed them she is being held against her will.

LA’s family believe she is being held by 36 year old Dean Wayne Whakatau and reports indicate he was spotted with her in Rotorua yesterday.

Family members say they were contacted by LA on Saturday and she asked them for help.

Police say a Warrant To Arrest has been issued for Whakatau for breaching his release conditions and the public have been warned not to approach him.

Whakatau is 170 cm tall of solid build and has two missing front teeth.

Police and LA’s family are also pleading with the public to report any sightings of LA or Whakatau to the 111 system.