Southern police are appealing for sightings of a teenage girl last seen two days ago.
Caitlin Blanch, 17, was last spotted hopping off the school bus in Alexandra, about 8am on Tuesday.
She was thought to have been wearing a black jacket, black jeans, black boots and a dark green jersey.
Anyone who has seen Caitlin or has information is urged to call 105.
Police now believe Caitlin is not in the area being searched and while she may be in the Galloway area, she may have travelled outside of Alexandra.
Caitlin could be in the greater Otago area or beyond.
"Her family and police are concerned for her welfare and want to make sure she is safe, so are asking anyone who has seen her to contact police immediately.
"It would be of great comfort to her family and could assist police in their concerns for her."