Programme 2022: The Reckoning

The father of missing Central Otago teenager Caitlin Blanch says he has no idea how the keen hunter survived four frosty nights outdoors.

Caitlin was found on Saturday afternoon in the hills behind Manorburn Dam, about 8km from Alexandra, where she was last seen alighting from a school bus about 8am on Tuesday morning.

Extensive searches during the week failed to find her and the search was called off in the morning.

Her emotional father Matthew Blanch said he understood cellphone information provided police with new information on Friday night and


Duncan Matthews

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