A ground and aerial search is underway for an uncommunicative six-year-old boy who has been missing from a property in northern New South Wales since Wednesday afternoon.
The Braxton factory was last seen at its home on Wallangra Road, Wallangra, north of Inverell, around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Police said Braxton, who has Down syndrome, was playing with his brother and cousin outside in the mud and was not wearing any clothes at the time.
Police, SES, family and community members spent the night searching to no avail.
“Police turned up and performed a fairly extensive search last night but were unable to locate him,” said New England Police District Commander Detective Superintendent Steve Laksa .
“We hope or hope that he has escaped to a little hiding place, whether it is a cabin or somewhere in the house maybe.
“We hope that with the light of day we can locate him.”
Polair has been deployed from Sydney with officers hoping infrared technology will help them locate Braxton.
“Very sad and very heartbreaking for the mother of the child at this point and definitely for the brother and cousin who were there at the time,” said Superintendent Laksa.
“Everything is on the bridge.”
Police called the search area “dense bush” and said there were roadblocks on the property.
“We hope the child has not come near the water,” said Superintendent Laksa.
“I hope it’s not tragic. There is definitely hope there.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact New England Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-333,000.