Missing Queenstown teen found

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A Queenstown teenager who was reported missing yesterday has made himself known to police.

Japanese national Shin Takizawa, 18, telephoned Queenstown police this morning from Twizel after he hadn’t been seen since Tuesday.

Cops issued a statement yesterday saying they had fears for his safety after he failed to turn up to a restaurant where he works as a chef and his mother – who he lives with – hadn’t seen him.

He was last spotted withdrawing cash from an ATM at Remarkables Park and then later in Tarras, driving his red Mazda car.

Takizawa responded to an email police sent him and then spoke to them by phone today, sergeant Derek Ealson says.

Twizel cops also met him today.

Local police thank members of the public who provided information during the search.