Major search to find missing three-year-old boy with autism

A major search involving more than 100 emergency volunteers is underway to find a missing three-year-old boy with autism in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley.

Three-year-old boy Anthony ‘AJ’ Elfalak, who lives with autism, was last seen at a home on a rural property on Yengo Drive, Putty, south of Singleton, about 11.45am yesterday.

Three-year-old boy AJ has gone missing in the Hunter Valley region. (Facebook)

There are grave concerns for the boy’s wellbeing as he lives with autism and is non-verbal.

The rural town of Putty is located about two hours north-west of Sydney and is surrounded by bushland.

Police are using trail bikes, police helicopters and divers, and the Dog Unit to urgently try and track down the boy.

Emergency crews are scouring the remote area with the State Emergency Service (SES), Rural Fire Service and more than 100 volunteer personnel also assisting in the mammoth search.

A command post has been set up down the road from the property where about 30 cars of concerned friends have gathered.

Three-year-old boy AJ disappeared in the rural town of Putty, two hours north-west of Sydney. (Today)
SES crews and police are searching for a missing three-year-old boy in the Hunter Valley region. (Nine)

NSW Police issued a statement insisting assistance from the public was currently not required, reminding people of the COVID-19 restrictions in place.

“There are sufficient emergency services on scene and public assistance is not required at this time,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“This area is deemed regional NSW and travel restrictions under the Public Health Order apply.”

The boy is described as Mediterranean/Middle Eastern in appearance and has short dark hair. He is believed to be wearing a grey jumper and pants, and sneakers.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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