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Family plea for missing girl

The family of a missing Tauranga teenager are pleading for her to come home.

Police have issued an appeal for information about the whereabouts of 15-year-old Laura Finlay, who has not been seen since she left her sister's house in Tauranga on November 17.

Sister and caregiver Jessica Frank, 28, said she and her nine-year-old son missed Laura and were worried about her safety.

"She is a good kid that has gone astray in the last two years missing school regularly then running from home in Otaki to Tauranga last Christmas," she said.

"I am concerned for her safety and her future well-being. I am concerned that she may make friends with the wrong people and get into trouble she is too young to deal with. I am worried she may make decisions she will regret when she is older."

Ms Frank said Laura was a typical teenager who enjoyed spending her time out and about with friends. "She acts mature and hangs out with an older crowd and she is a keen writer, lyricist and artist in her spare time."

Police said they were confident that she was missing of her own accord but her young age raised concerns for her safety. She was believed to be living transiently, possibly in the Auckland area.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Laura is asked to contact Tauranga Police on (07) 577 4300. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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