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Lost girl found after night in the bush XMAS DAY 2008 CALLOUT

Lost girl found after night in the bush – 25 Dec 2008

Lost girl found after nightA successful operation involving both Northland Search and Rescue members and Police SAR squad members resulted from a good response from all those people who were contacted on Xmas Day.

100% of all Northland land search members who were contactable, decided to put family Xmas celebrations on hold to join the search for Tabitha. This shows the dedication and motivation of the team.


Lost girl found after night in the bush

4:00AM Friday Dec 26, 2008
By Alanah May Eriksen (Northern Advocate)

An intellectually disabled girl missing for 14 hours until found in bush in Whangarei spent Christmas Day in hospital.

Tabitha Mason, 9, who has the intellectual age of a 6-year-old, spent Wednesday night on Frank Holliman track in the suburb of Woodhill, wearing just a pink T-shirt and dress. She had no shoes.

Lost girl found after night 1Tabitha left her home in Collingwood St, Raumanga, about 8pm on Christmas Eve. She was found about 10.30am yesterday by a Department of Conservation worker on a Christmas morning walk with his family.

Sergeant Neil Pennington from Whangarei Search and Rescue said police officers, due to call off the search at 2am yesterday, kept going until 5am.

A new team including two members of the previous shift returned at 7am and resumed the hunt.

Tabitha was found, cold and hungry, about 20 minutes down the track, which starts at the end of the Kauika Rd cul-de-sac, about 2km from her home.

She was yesterday being assessed by medical staff at Whangarei Hospital. Mr Pennington said her parents, who have two older children, were relieved to be reunited with their daughter.