Officials have successfully completed the search for a six-year-old Victoria boy with Down Syndrome who went missing but has been found in a safe condition.
Ben Dean was not seen at home after 5:00 pm on Wednesday. The disappearance of the boy from their Beachworth property raised an alarm, and the parents contacted police immediately. This prompted the officers to undertake a search operation. Officials found the boy safe after he spent the whole night in freezing conditions.
The police officers began their search from the very place where the boy went missing. They searched each and every corner of the family’s large rural property but did not get any clue of the presence of Ben there. Victoria Police spokesman Sergeant Kris Hamilton confirmed the news of the beginning of the search operation at the rural property of the victim’s parents.
He added that State Emergency Services and Country Fire Authority members were also supporting the law enforcement officers in conducting the search but they were not able to find the boy overnight. Hamilton also mentioned the establishment of an Incident Police Operations Center at Beechworth police station while the search mission continued.
Police confirmed the recovery of the “high functioning” boy at around 11:30 am on Thursday from a property on McFeeters Road. They also added that the place where he was found was quite muddy, hilly and very rugged.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, according to the ABC, said that the boy was in “good shape.”
Air Wing, Search and Rescue and K9 crew also helped the police in the successful conduct of the search mission to find the missing boy. Reportedly, the Victoria police and the family of Ben released his image to the public to ensure they would find help in locating their Down Syndrome kid as soon as possible.