A breakdown in communication meant police were not looking for a 13-year-old who had run away from Child, Youth and Family care shortly before he died, an inquest has been told.
Isaiah Nathan was killed when he crashed a stolen car in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa in December 2010.
The boy had been put into care at a rural property near Kaitaia and ran away in September 2010.
A Kaitaia officer told the inquest on Tuesday she was informed that the boy had gone missing, but did not tell the Counties Manukau Police he was probably heading there to see his family.
The officer said she left a message with a Child, Youth and Family social worker who she thought would be responsible for finding him.
An officer from Counties Manukau says if they had known, they would have tried to find Isaiah Nathan before the fatal crash.