WATCH | The incredible moment toddler AJ was located and reunited with mum
NSW Police have released PolAir vision of the moment three-year-old missing toddler AJ Elfalak was located in bushland.
The young boy can be seen wading in a creek on the rural Putty property, trying to drink and stay cool, around 500m from home.
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Footage has also been shared of the moment AJ and his mother were reunited as the boy was brought out of the bush by SES volunteers.
NSW Police Chief Inspector Joanne Schultz told Jim Wilson the moment PolAir found the child was “incredible”.
“I’ll never forget that … as a police officer, it’s one of the most rewarding things that’s ever happened to me.
“He is a tough little character, that’s for sure.”
The seizure of a vehicle at the weekend was part of regular policing strategy in missing persons cases, she explained, and police will now debrief and “tie up loose ends”.
“That’s the happy ending.”
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SES Commissioner Charlene York told Jim Wilson the outcome was the best one the volunteers could’ve hoped for.
“[On] Saturday and Sunday we had over 100 volunteers out searching for him; today we had up around 80.
“Everyone had smiles all around once they connected with him.”
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