10 Dec 2010

Missing Palmerston North child now at school

6:25 pm on 10 December 2010

A seven-year-old girl who had been missing in Palmerston North has turned up safe at school.

Sapphire was last seen in Otaki Place in Highbury about 6pm.

Sergeant Andy Brooke says the girl left her family home on her bike about 5pm and was not heard from until she arrived at school on Friday morning.

Police are now speaking with the family the girl spent the night with.

Mr Brooke earlier told Morning Report she is a happy child with no problems at home or at school.

However, Sapphire has wandered off once before, a couple of months ago, but not for this length of time.

Mr Brooke said the best-case scenario was that Sapphire met a friend and went home with them for a sleepover.

If that was the case, he said, they would expect to hear about it very soon, because it will be time for Sapphire to go to school.