Police are ramping up their efforts to locate the Latta children who have been missing for nearly two weeks.

The children, 11-year-old Jaylee Latta, 8-year-old Matika Latta, and 8-year-old Zahara Latta, were last seen at Shannon Crescent in Watsonia on 28 June.

The children are believed to be with 49-year-old Watsonia woman Tracey Heuston.

She is believed to be driving a grey Mitsubishi and is known to frequent the Rockbank, Preston, Glenroy and Hatfield areas. The car has since been located in Alphington on Saturday 2 July.

Investigators have released images of the children and the woman in the hope someone may recognise them and contact police.

Tracey is described as being approximately 155cm tall with a thin build, long brown hair and brown eyes.

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.

“There is a correct way to resolve this situation and we are asking anyone who sees Tracey or the children to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.”


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Anyone who sees Jaylee, Matika or Zahara is asked to contact Greensborough Police Station on 8432 0200.

Father pleads with their mother to surrender to police.

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  • Have these children been found yet ?? I would hope that they are safe with their own mum, but it’s sad to say, it’s not always the case – and they wouldn’t issue a “lookout” if the authorities weren’t concerned. Be safe little ones <3

    • oh, just ready that she handed herself and the kids in- thank goodness for that!. I hope that whatever the issue was that lent her to taking off with them in the first place, is resolved and that the kids’ best interests are at heart.


  • No news about this case yet?


  • I hope they are found soon and safe


  • Obviously the Dad of the 3 girls has custody of them, probably for a good reason. The Mother normally has custody.
    We can only hope that they are all found safe and healthy.


  • oh I hope these kids have been found safe and well – it must be horrendous not knowing :(


  • Hope & pray they’re found safe & soon and nothing disturbing has happened !


  • It’s so cold out – I hope these girls are warm and safe!


  • Their parents must be so distressed.


  • Oh my! I hope they will be able to locate them soon!!


  • I hope they are found safe soon.


  • I’m guessing they are with their mother. I hope they are found safe


  • Wishing for a safe return for the three girls.


  • I hope these young girls are found quickly and are unharmed.


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