Victoria Police and SES workers are searching for a 15-year-old boy who is missing in the Yarra Ranges, east of Melbourne.
- William Wall left home early this morning for his regular walk on the Warburton Trail
- Police said the behaviour was out of character
- Police are investigating a reported sighting of the boy near Warburton
William Wall, 14, left his home at Launching Place at about 6:45am on Tuesday for his regular walk on the Warburton Trail.
He told his family he would be gone for about 15 minutes but has not returned home.
Police are worried about the boy, who has autism. They are concerned he may have become disoriented.
“It’s quite out of character for him,” Victoria Police Acting Senior Sergeant Jordan Kavanagh said.
“It’s quite a vast area, there’s a lot of difficult terrain.”
Acting Senior Sergeant Kavanagh said there had been a credible sighting of the boy near Warburton.
“The witness described an upset male matching the description [of the boy],” he said.
“He’s believed to have been sighted on a rail above Warburton, the aqueduct trail.”
He said SES, uniformed officers, the police helicopter and the boy’s family were assisting in the search.
“They’re quite upset, as you would be,” he said.
“They’re assisting us in all the ways they can and are out looking for him as well.”
William left his mobile phone at home, making the search more difficult, police said.
William was last seen wearing dark shoes, charcoal trackpants and a hooded jumper. He was also wearing a water backpack.
He is about 177cm tall, with a lean build and brown hair.
Police said anyone who saw the boy should approach him in a “calm manner”.
“If anyone does sight him, obviously call triple-0 or the local police station,” Acting Senior Sergeant Kavanagh said.