Missing Midge Point boy found at friend’s house
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.