Frantic search for ‘AJ’ 3yo boy with autism missing in NSW

A MAJOR search is underway in the NSW Hunter region for a three-year-old boy with autism who has been missing for almost 24 hours.

Anthony ‘AJ’ Elfalak vanished from his family’s 260-hectare property on Yengo Drive in Putty, near Singleton, around 11.45am on Friday.

Officers immediately launched a coordinated search for the boy, involving Trailbike officers, Police Rescue, The Dog Unit, Police divers, and PolAir, but have so far had no luck in locating him.


More than 100 emergency service volunteers are also assisting with the search this morning.

Police say AJ has autism and is non-verbal.

He is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, with short dark hair and believed to be wearing a grey jumper and pants, and sneakers.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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