UPDATE: Search continues for missing child in the Hunter region

Saturday, 04 September 2021 08:58:46 AM

A large scale coordinated search continues for a child, missing on a rural property in the Hunter region.

Just before 12.30pm yesterday (Friday 3 September 2021), officers from Hunter Valley Police District responded to reports a child was missing at a rural property on Yengo Drive, Putty, about 75km south of Singleton.

Anthony ‘AJ’ Elfalak, aged three, could not be located after he was last seen at a home on the property about 11.45am.

Anthony lives with 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.

Officers commenced a coordinated multi-agency response which includes Trailbike officers, Police Rescue, The Dog Unit, Police divers, and PolAir.

Police are being assisted by NSW Ambulance, State Emergency Service (SES), Rural Fire Service (RFS), and VRA Rescue NSW.

The search continued overnight, and more than 100 emergency services volunteers are assisting with the search today (Saturday 4 September 2021).

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.