Miss­ing Midge Point boy found at friend’s house

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A 12-YEAR-OLD Midge Point boy re­ported miss­ing to po­lice in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing last week has been found safe.

The boy’s mother, Lev­ina Skey, said he had spent the night at a friend’s house.

“(He was) just an­gry with his par­ents and thought he needed to vent,” she said.

Mrs Skey said they thought they had checked with the young boy’s friends on Wed­nes­day night.

“Last minute we thought of this friend,” she said.

“They used to be friends but then they had a big brawl and split up and weren’t talk­ing for quite some time.”

With the boy last seen about 5.30pm on Wed­nes­day, Mrs Skey said he had walked to the friend’s house.

“Which is prob­a­bly a 5km walk, half­way back to Blooms­bury,” she said.

“No shoes on his feet, he had no wa­ter, noth­ing.”

As time wore on and the boy failed to re­turn, Mrs Skey and her hus­band, Michael, be­gan search­ing.

“(Michael’s) on heavy med­i­ca­tions, he’s on mor­phine and we walked all night with torches un­til 1.30am when I said to Michael, ‘No, we can’t do this alone.’ So we’ve come back home and rang the po­lice and they came out at daylight this morn­ing for a full search,” she said.

With the young boy found on Thurs­day morn­ing, Mrs Skey said they were “very re­lieved” to have him home.

Both Mr and Mrs Skey praised the ef­forts of po­lice and the SES.

“There were 40 cops here at the crack of dawn. We want to say a huge thank you to the po­lice,” Mr Skey said.

“It was a great ser­vice, a fan­tas­tic ser­vice, from the lo­cal State Emer­gency Ser­vice and the lo­cal po­lice force,” Mrs Skey added.

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