UPDATE: Missing Persons Investigation, Marokopa

As stated by Acting Detective Inspector Andrew Saunders:

Today marks one week since the offer of reward was announced for information leading to the safe return of Ember, Maverick and Jayda Phillips. It is also Jayda’s birthday. She turns 11 today, 18 June 2024.

The children’s mother Cat has chosen to add her voice to the Police appeal for the safe return of her children. Her video statement can be found on Police Facebook. Cat continues to request privacy, but she didn’t want this milestone to pass without having her voice heard.

The children have been missing since 12 December 2021, when they were taken by their father, Tom Phillips, to a location unknown but thought to be in Western Waikato within Marokopa or the surrounding areas.

During the week since this phase of the operation began we’ve had over 100 new reports of information on the subject of the missing people, via phonecall, email and personal approaches offering information.

We’re continuing to assess the information and conduct follow-up enquiries.

As a result of our enquiries we have identified 40 reports that we think are worthy of consideration and which are now being investigated further.

We cannot provide details while the investigation is ongoing, but we are committed to getting a result as soon as possible.

While Marokopa continues to be a focus for the ongoing investigation, enquiries are being carried-out in surrounding areas including Honikiwi and Otorohanga and we’re appealing for anyone who has observed suspicious behaviour in these areas in recent months to please contact Police.

Our message hasn’t changed: we continue to urge anyone with credible, current information that will lead to location and safe return of Ember, Maverick and Jayda to the right thing and tell Police what you know.

/NZ Police Public Release. View in full here.