Missing Cairns boy’s family calls for him to come home
T H E f a m i l y o f a 13-year-old boy who has been missing for more than a week is holding on to hope he is in hiding somewhere with friends.
Declan Crouch has been missing since leaving his family home at Machans Beach, north of Cairns, last Wednesday.
Police have received a number of reported sightings of the teenager but so far none of them have been confirmed.
Declan’s sister Grace yesterday said the family hoped Declan was hiding with friends and pleaded with him to come home.
‘‘ He’s probably scared to come home. This is everywhere right now so he probably thinks he is in trouble. We just want him to know that he’s not – that we’re just really worried about him,’’ she said in Cairns.
‘‘ If he’s with anyone they need to know that it’s not fun anymore, it’s not a joke and t h e y n e e d t o s e n d h i m home,’’ she said.
She said the disappearance was out of character for her little brother.
‘‘ He’s never done anything like this before.’’
Cairns Child Protection off i c e r i n c h a r g e S e n i o r Sergeant Glenn Horan said the unconfirmed sightings of Declan had raised the hopes of police.
‘‘ It gives us some hope that Declan is still around and for his own reasons doesn’t want to be found,’’ he said.
S e a r c h e s o f b u s h l a n d around Machans Beach have failed to turn up any trace of Declan and interviews with his friends have given no indication of where he might be.
Specialist child protection officers were being sent from Brisbane to help.