Missing teen girl found safe
MISSING Coffs Harbour teenager Hannah James has been found.
Hannah was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station on Saturday after the family she had been staying with saw The Advocate's front page story asking anyone who may have seen her to come forward.
Yesterday, police were still fielding reports of sightings of the 14-year-old girl who has an identical twin sister.
“She's well and we'd like to thank the community for their support. Police and DoCS (Department of Community Services) are following up the matter to resolve any issues,” said Senior Constable Brad Jackson.
Sen Const Jackson indicated Hannah was yet to return home but police and DoCS had taken steps to ensure the situation did not escalate to a missing persons inquiry again.
Concerns for Hannah's safety were made public when her family hadn't seen her since she left home on Wednesday with two bags. At the time of the public appeal, police believed she may have been staying with a friend but her disappearance was out-of-character.
Nationwide, someone is reported missing every 15 minutes in Australia. The good news is that 95 percent of these people are found within the first weeks. Missing Persons Australia is this year promoting the message that “when someone goes missing a day spent waiting is a day lost”.