A three-year-old boy who went missing in the Australian bush four days ago has been found safe after a search.
Anthony “AJ” Elfalak was spotted by police helicopters on Monday, drinking water from a creek on his family’s property in rural New South Wales.
The little boy, who has autism and doesn’t speak, had been last seen at the house on Friday.
His family had feared that he had been abducted.
But rescuers found AJ on a riverbank about 500m from his house on the vast property in Putty, in the state’s north.
In footage shared by New South Wales Police, rescuers can be heard saying “I’ve got the boy”.
Authorities said AJ had suffered a few scrapes to his lower legs and was found drenched in wet clothes, but was otherwise in good health.
Police are still looking a missing 5-year-old boy who was last seen Tuesday evening near his home in Fruitland.
Members of the community as well as several law-enforcement agencies have been involved in extensive search efforts over the past few days.
Agencies involved include Payette Police, Idaho State Police, Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to Fruitland police Chief J.D. Huff.
Michael Joseph Vaughan was last seen Tuesday in the area of South Arizona Avenue and Ninth Street in Fruitland, where an open field adjoins the edge of a residential neighborhood. The site is a few blocks from the Fruitland Police Department, where Huff held a news conference Saturday afternoon.
“Our goal is to find him, and we’re going to continue hunting,” Huff said. “We’re not going to leave any stones unturned.”
Efforts have included a “methodical search of the area near Michael’s
The search is intensifying for a 5-year-old boy reported missing in Fruitland and last seen Tuesday.
An increasing number of state and local agencies are searching for Michael Joseph Vaughn, a young boy who went missing around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday near his home on SW 9th Street in Fruitland, according to a Wednesday night news release from the Fruitland Police Department.
In addition to state and local law enforcement and crews from the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Team, the Army National Guard sent a helicopter to search the area where the child went missing. The agencies searched nearby canals while water levels were lower and did not find the child. Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue was then released, as authorities believe the area surrounding the home was thoroughly searched.
Fruitland police are encouraging the public to remain vigilant and observant. Police want everyone in the immediate area to
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