Missing family: Police offer $80,000 reward

Thomas Phillips, Jayda Phillips, Ember Phillips and Maverick Callam-Phillips. Supplied photo. NZ Police

Waikato Police is announcing a $80,000 reward for information that leads to the location and safe return of missing children Ember, eight, Maverick, nine, and Jayda, 10, Phillips.

The children have been missing since December 12, 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.

Police have concerns for the welfare of the children who have been living in isolation for the past two-and-a-half years, with no connection to others and without formal education and health care.  Tom Phillips does not have legal custody of the children, says Acting Detective Inspector Andrew Saunders

He is sought by Police and there is a warrant for his arrest.

Today, police have deployed a team to Marokopa as part of a new phase of the missing person investigation.

Andrew says police will be visible in the community over the coming days and we encourage anyone with credible knowledge of the whereabouts of the Phillips children and who is prepared to assist the investigation team to make themselves known to our officers.

"We believe that Tom and the children are being assisted and we’re urging anyone who’s doing this to please stop, do the right thing and tell Police what you know.

"We are committed to finding these children and we’re willing to take the step of offering a reward if it will prove the tipping point to help people put the children’s welfare first.

"It is hereby notified that a reward of up to $80,000 will be paid for material information or evidence which leads to the location and safe return of Jayda, Maverick and Ember Phillips.

"The Commissioner of Police will determine the amount of the reward and will apportion it if there is more than one claimant."

Andrew says immunity against prosecution will be considered for anyone who has committed an offence in assisting Tom Phillips, if they provide information or evidence which leads to the location and safe return of the children.

The offer will remain in force until June 25, 2024.

"The Phillips family liaison has been advised of this development in the operation and Police remain in close contact with the family," says Andrew.

Information can be provided to the investigation team by contacting the 105 reporting line, quoting the file number 211218/5611, or by emailing to the dedicated email address op.curly@police.govt.nz

"We wish to reiterate that Tom Phillips faces charges in relation to aggravated robbery, aggravated wounding, and unlawful possession of a firearm as a result of a criminal investigation separate to the missing persons investigation.

"Police consider him to be armed and he should not be approached."

Sightings of Phillips should be reported to Police by calling 111 immediately.

Information can also be provided anonymously to CrimeStoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

Sightings of Tom Phillips and his children.



Leave him alone for pity's sake!!!

Posted on 11-06-2024 16:25 | By Bruja

It is clear that he is a father doing what is BEST for his kids. That is absolutely crystal clear given that NO-ONE is prepared to talk about WHY he has HAD to do this!!!
Leave he and his kids alone!!!


Posted on 12-06-2024 08:08 | By Yadick

What has this man actually done wrong apart from not appearing in Court when summoned to do so? None of the other offences can be confirmed as being him. He may not even be aware of them. His vehicle on the beach may not have even been put there by him. Was it stolen? Taken for a joy ride? Dumped?
Innocent until PROVEN guilty, (not perceived as guilty).
As I see it, he should now hand the kids in, claim immunity from prosecution, receive up to $80k and divi it up between his kids and move on.

I bet you.....

Posted on 13-06-2024 09:28 | By Bruja

That the whole reason he took off in the first place is because a) the kids would have been separated from each other or b) put into a situation that would be harmful for them. Probably both of those scenarios. Those of you 'hounding him, trying to 'flush him out'??? be very very very careful that what you're doing will actually result in the kids happiness because I bet you the opposite will be true. Think. Leave them be.

In my opinion......

Posted on 13-06-2024 18:14 | By Bruja

This is a man taking the best option of keeping his kids together and safe. YOU are hounding him, potentially pushing the four of them into a corner. In my opinion?...stop before your egos (to achieve results) turn this into a very very negative outcome. This is just my gut instinct....and perhaps 'insight'.... but I am no fool.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to make a comment.