A teenager with non-verbal autism has been found alive nearly 48 hours after becoming separated from his parents in Victorian bushland.
William Callaghan, 14, disappeared from his family on Mount Disappointment about 2.20pm on Monday.
A major search involving the SES, Police Airwing, Search and Rescue Squad, Dog Squad, and police on bikes was launched for the teen with serious concerns being held for his welfare.
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At the time of his disappearance, police said the teen didn’t have any food or water with him and was also not dressed for the elements of the freezing cold temperatures.
However, in heartwarming scenes on Wednesday morning, the missing teenager was miraculously found alive by a volunteer bushwalker who offered him warm clothing and food before calling rescue crews.
“He was just about 15 metres from me, just standing there, he was really angelic just standing,” Rescuer Ben Gibbs said.
“He looked in reasonable health, he wasn’t shivering too bad, he didn’t have socks on so I put some socks on him and a jacket. I gave him some chocolate.”
Victoria Police also confirmed the beautiful news in a post on social media a short time ago.
“Amazing news!! Missing boy Will Callaghan has been located by a volunteer at Mount Disappointment,” Victoria Police wrote.
“After two days missing in bushland, Will is set to be reunited with his family shortly. We would like to thank the community for their outpour of support,”
The 14-year-old has since been reunited with his loved ones and taken to hospital by paramedics.
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) June 10, 2020
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