A child missing on a rural property in the Hunter region since Friday has been located following a large-scale search.
Just before 12.30pm on 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.
The three-year-old could not be located after he was last seen at a home on the property about 11.45am.
Officers commenced a coordinated multi-agency response which included Trailbike officers, Police Rescue, The Dog and Mounted Unit, Police divers, and PolAir.
Police were assisted by NSW Ambulance, State Emergency Service (SES), Rural Fire Service (RFS), and the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA).
The search continued since then, assisted by hundreds of emergency service volunteers.
About 11.30am today (Monday 6 September 2021), the boy was located on a nearby riverbank by PolAir, who directed ground search crews to his location.
Leading Senior Constable Jonathan Smith, Senior Constable Rod Rankin, Special Constable Kevin Drake and Detective Superintendent Brad Monk are thrilled to be part of the team that helped reunite Anthony 'AJ' Elfalak with his family.
The fantastic result could not have been achieved without the dedication and commitment from fellow NSW Police Force members, as well as NSW Ambulance, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Rural Assistance Authority, Rapid Relief Team AU, VRA Rescue NSW and more than 280 volunteers from NSW SES.