Missing woman found after false hostage threats, Police say

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Police were searching for missing Sālote Hivakakala Langoia. Photo/Facebook

Yesterday Police were searching for 20-year-old Hivakakala Langoia in ‘Eua after she contacted her family through Facebook claiming she was being held against her will by a man in the island.

Police have located Langoia this morning at 12am and found out “she never went to ‘Eua and claims that were made on kidnapping and associated allegations are false”, Police Acting Superintendent Tevita Vailea said.

Langoia who was found “safe and well” “was picked up last evening at around 12:00 midnight in the company of a male boarding the MV ‘Otuanga’ofa destined for Vava’u, after police received calls from the public,” Acting Supt Vailea said.

Langoia, who goes by the name Sālote Hivakakala Langoia on Facebook, was reported missing since August 25.

As Kaniva News reported, a post on Langoia’s  Facebook account on Monday which appeared to have been posted by her alleged captor alerted her family to go and search for Hivakakala in the sea in ‘Eua.

The poster told her family to stop contacting her on her Facebook account as they will not see her again.

The poster alleged Hivakakala’s family did not like him because of his marital status.

“‘Eua Police cancelled the search last night when she was located after an extensive searched was launched’, Acting Supt Vailea said.

“Police are concerned that the family have been put through this unnecessary worry and also valuable police time and resources have been wasted,”  he said.

Police investigation continues.

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  1. Naʻe kumi ʻe he kau Polisí ʻaneafi ʻa e fefine taʻu 20 ko Hivakakala Langoia ʻi ʻEua hili ia haʻane fetuʻutaki ki hono fāmili ʻo fakahā ki ai ʻoku puke fakamālohiʻi ia ʻe ha tangata ʻi he motú.

    Ka kuo maʻu ʻa e fefiné ni ʻe he kau Polisí ʻane hengihengi taimi 12hng pea nau ʻilo ai naʻe ʻikai moʻoni ʻa e ngaahi fakamatala pehē ne puke fakamālohiʻi iá, ne ʻikai ʻalu ia ki ʻEua pea ko e fakamatala kotoa ne fai ʻo tuʻunga ai hono kumi ia ʻe he kau polisí naʻe ʻikai moʻoni.

    Ko hono maʻu ko ʻeni ʻo Langoiá naʻá ne moʻui lelei pe fakataha mo ha tangata naʻe ʻai ke na heka he vaka MV ʻOtuangaʻofá ʻo taumuʻa ki Vavaʻu.

    Ko ha ngāue atu ʻeni ʻa e kau Polisí ʻo ʻilo ʻa Langoia hili ha fetuʻutaki mei he kakaí.

    Hangē ko ia ne līpooti ʻe he Kaniva Tongá ʻane hengihengí ne pehē naʻe hola ʻa e fefiné ni mei honau ʻapí ʻi Houmakelikao ki ʻEua.

    Aʻu mai ki ʻaneafí ne teʻeki lava e kau Polisí ke maʻu ʻa e toko tahá ni. Ka kuo ʻi ai foki ha līpooti teʻeki lava ke fakapapauʻi ʻe he Kanivá he Feisipuká he pongipongí ni kuo pehē ai kuo ʻosi maʻu ʻa e fefiné.

    Kuo ʻi ai foki ha tohi ʻi he ʻakauni Feisipuka ʻa Langoia ʻoku ngali ko e fai ia ʻe he toko taha puke fakamālohí ʻo ne fakamanamana ki he fāmili ʻo e fefiné ni.

    Kau heni ʻene pehē ke ʻoua naʻa nau toe fetuʻutaki ange kia Hivakakala he ʻe ʻikai ke nau toe sio ai.

    Naʻá ne toe pehē ke nau ō ki tahi ʻo kumi ki ai ʻa Hivakakala.

    Toe pehē foki ʻe heʻene tohí ʻokú ne ʻita he fāmilí ko ʻenau fakalotoloto ange ki ai koeʻuhī he ko e siana mali ia.

    ʻOku kei hoko atu pe fakatotolo ʻa e kau Polisí.