11 Jan 2017

Missing six-year-old found in Australia

5:21 pm on 11 January 2017

A father and daughter reported missing in New Zealand have been found in New South Wales after arriving on a catamaran, Australian authorities say.

Que Langdon

Que Langdon has been missing for more than three weeks. Photo: Supplied

Alan Langdon and his six-year-old daughter, Que Langdon, left Kawhia Harbour in Waikato on a small catamaran on 17 December.

Police said Australian authorities were yet to officially confirm the pair's identities, but they believed they were Mr Langdon and his daughter.

They said the pair arrived in the small town of Ulladulla on Mr Langdon's catamaran.

Both Que and Mr Langdon were said to be well, and Mr Langdon was speaking to Australian officials, police said.

Que's mother, Ariane Wyler, had been notified.

New Zealand police called off their search for the pair last week, after an extensive search of sea and coastal areas between Wellington, Cape Reinga and the Bay of Islands.

They said it had remained a missing-persons inquiry and the possibility Mr Langdon had sailed to Australia had always been considered.

Interpol alerted Australian authorities about the missing pair on Monday.

Police said they would be assessing whether they would be taking further action following the pair's discovery.

A child recovery specialist hired by Ms Wyler, Col Chapman, said the pair had crossed the Tasman in their small boat.

He said a member of the public spotted them as a result of posters that had been put up along the coast, and reported them to authorities.

Mr Chapman said he had spoken with Ms Wyler, who was greatly relieved her daughter was safe.

Arrangements would be made tonight as to whether Que would be brought back to New Zealand, where custody proceedings had been initiated, he said.

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