A four-year-old with autism, who had been missing in the remote desert of central Australia for more than 24 hours, has been found by police following a lengthy aerial and ground search.
In a statement, Northern Territory police said the girl was currently undergoing health checks, but “looks fine.”
The search mission ended with a sigh of relief at 4 p.m. Saturday, after the girl disappeared from a remote post in central Australia yesterday afternoon.
The child was last seen by his family around 2 p.m. Friday at the isolated Alice Well resort near Titjikala, about 150 miles southeast of Alice Springs.
NT police launched drones and deployed search dogs and patrol vehicles to scour the arid region.
A tracker from the nearby remote indigenous community of Titjikala was also brought in and was able to locate the child’s tracks by tracing about 1.8 km from where she was last seen.
The search continued Friday evening to no avail and resumed early this morning with the addition of a helicopter.
With temperatures reaching around 32 degrees Celsius, Acting Superintendent Potts said police were “extremely concerned.”
“Our biggest concern at the moment is that the four-and-a-half-year-old girl has autism and has hearing and speech problems,” he said in the hours leading up to police. . .
“Children with autism, unfortunately, don’t really feel like they are lost and what is happening right now is that she will be wandering aimlessly in the bush environment.
Acting Superintendent Potts said due to the remote location of the search, further details have yet to be confirmed.
“The Northern Territory Police would like to thank everyone involved in the search. Significant resources have been deployed to help with the operation, ”he said.
“It’s a huge relief for everyone involved.”