Police step up efforts to find three children missing for almost two weeks

Police are ramping up their efforts to locate three sisters aged under 11 who have been missing for almost two weeks now.

The Latta children pictured above – 11-year-old Jaylee, 8-year-old Matika and 8-year-old Zahara – were last seen in Shannon Crescent at Watsonia, in Melbourne’s north-east, on 28 June.

They have not been seen since.


Detectives say the children are believed to be in the company of 49-year-old Watsonia woman Tracey Heuston.

A grey Mitsubishi Magna sedan thought to be driven by Tracey was located in Alphington on Saturday 2 July.

Banyule Senior Detective Dale Ward said that someone must have seen Tracey and the children or know at least know of their whereabouts.

“It’s not easy to disappear, especially if you have three children with you,” he said.

“We need to find these children and return some normality to their lives.”

Tracey is known to frequent the Rockbank, Preston, Glenroy and Hadfield areas.

Anyone who sees Tracey or the children is urged to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.