A massive search for an Australian boy who has autism and is non-verbal ended in jubilation Monday after cops found the 3-year-old sitting in a creek bed and drinking water from his hands.
The incredible moment was captured on video by a police helicopter that was flying over a wooded area near his family’s rural property in Putty, north of Sydney. The video shows Anthony “AJ” Elfalak wearing diapers and a sweatshirt as he repeatedly cupped water in his hands to drink and wash his face.
The discovery ended a three-day search that drew global headlines and involved hundreds of emergency workers and volunteers, including police, firefighters, divers, helicopter teams and K-9 units.
The boy appeared to be in good condition but was taken to a hospital for observation, authorities said. His father, Anthony Elfalak, said AJ only had some abrasions and diaper rash and had been bitten by ants.
Crystal Rogers, a Kentucky mother of five children, has been missing for more than six years. The mystery around her disappearance has garnered national attention, but no one has been charged.
Her family has been outspoken about Rogers, hoping to get answers on who’s responsible. Rogers’ father, Tommy Ballard, was trying to gather information on her disappearance when he was shot and killed by an unknown subject in 2016, according to the FBI.
The investigations into Rogers’ disappearance and Ballard’s death have involved several different law enforcement agencies. Her boyfriend at the time was named a suspect early in the case.
The FBI took over the case in 2020 and has since conducted searches at several properties in Bardstown. New searches of a subdivision with ties to Rogers’ former boyfriend started Tuesday and continued Wednesday. The focus Wednesday appeared to be concentrated on the front yard and driveway area of
A ranch foreman who worked for country music superstar Loretta Lynn and two twin toddlers were among the 22 people who tragically lost their lives as the US town of Waverly, Tennessee, and its surrounding counties were devastated by catastrophic flash flooding over the weekend, the disaster brought on by torrential rainfall that struck without warning.
Search and rescue efforts continue with an estimated 20 people still missing as local citizens say they were caught totally off guard by the 17 inches of rain that hammered the area over 24 hours – much of it within a six-hour window.
Responding to the tragedy, US president Joe Biden expressed his sincere condolences from the White House and said: “We’ve reached out to the community and we stand ready to
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