Police ask for help in search for non-verbal teen north of Melbourne

Dozens of police officers and SES volunteers are continuing to search this morning for a teenage boy with autism who went missing yesterday north of Melbourne.

William Callaghan, 14, was last seen with family at Mount Disappointment at 2.20pm.

Victoria Police said William, also known as Will, was last seen on the south summit before he became separated from his family.

Will Callaghan, 14, is missing north of Melbourne. (Supplied)

The non-verbal teen, who has no food, water, or warm clothes, is “very energetic” and it is possible he might travel a significant distance, police said.

Residents in the Mount Disappointment vicinity have been asked to check their bedrooms and outhouses and call Triple Zero immediately if they see William.

“He’s also very food focused.

“It would not be out of the question for William to walk into a house and go to the fridge or cupboard and help himself to food.

“He might also try to put himself to bed.”

The fear overnight was the sub-zero temperatures, with the weather in the area already as low as 2C as authorities spread out in their search at 7.30pm.

It was expected to dip to as cold as -2C.

The Police Airwing, the Search and Rescue Squad, Dog Squad, local uniform members in 4WD and police on bikes are also being supported by the State Emergency Services in searching for William.

The search was expected to continue throughout the night, with no plans for it to be stood down until first light.

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