More than 100 police and rescue volunteers will search through the night on Saturday for a three-year-old boy with autism who has disappeared from a rural property in the NSW Hunter Region.
Anthony “AJ” Elfalak was last seen at a home on the property on Yengo Drive at Putty, south-west of Singleton, about 11.30am on Friday. His parents called emergency services to the property soon after to report that he had vanished.
The boy’s disappearance has triggered a large-scale search of the area. Trail bikes, sniffer dogs, horses, helicopters and police divers are being used to scour surrounding land and waterways.
Anthony is non-verbal and has short, dark hair. He was wearing a grey jumper and pants and sneakers.
His mother, Kelly Elfalek, said she had searched the property but had not been able to find her son, who was unsupervised for about five minutes.
“I just want to find my son. I need to find AJ,” Mrs Elfalek told Nine News.
“I think he’s been taken. If he was around here, I would have found him by now.”
The family says they saw a car on the property’s private road around the time AJ went missing. His godfather, Alan Hasham, said the boy’s disappearance was out of character.