Breathe a sigh of relief in Australia!
After four days of intensive search, the police found the missing Anthony “AJ” Elfalak (3). The autistic boy disappeared from Putty, New South Wales, on Friday. The 160-souls village is completely isolated in the Australian bush.
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Security forces had searched for the child with a dog squadron, divers and mounted police, among other things. Finally, helpers discovered AJ on Monday morning (local time) from a helicopter when the little one was drinking water from a stream.
“The fact that he was near water made it possible for him to survive,” said a spokesman for the authorities. AJ had made her way through the bush for three nights in temperatures of only about three degrees.
The three-year-old was reunited with his family and initially underwent a medical examination. “He has a diaper rash, was bitten by ants and fell, but he’s alive,” his father Anthony Elfalak told local media.
AJ had been playing with his brothers on Friday and suddenly disappeared. The police are also investigating child abduction because a white vehicle was seen near the parents’ home. It is unclear why the boy who cannot speak ran into the outback.
“My leg, my hips, my ankle – I can’t walk. I was in the bush for four days without sleep, ”says his father, describing the dramatic hours of the search. Finding AJ is a miracle.
The disappearance had triggered a huge wave of helpfulness, with hundreds of people volunteering to search. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted, “What a relief! I can’t imagine how traumatic this experience must have been for AJ and his parents. Nice to hear that the child is fine. “