SES volunteers are playing Thomas the Tank Engine over loudspeaker as their search for a missing autistic boy, 14, enters its third day.
Hundreds of volunteers have joined the land and air search for William Callaghan, who went missing from Mount Disappointment in Melbourne’s north about 2pm on Monday.
The 14-year-old – who has autism and is non-verbal – went missing with no water or food on Monday, and not dressed for the cold weather, which dropped to near zero overnight.
“We’ve been out there with our lights on, we’ve been playing Thomas the Tank Engine over our PA system because Will really likes Thomas the Tank Engine, we’ve had our sirens going, and we’ve been out there listening and searching, SES Whittlesea Unit’s Gerry O’Connell said.
“So, a very unique search for us and probably one of the biggest we’ve done for some time.”
Victoria Police said units were now searching off-track in difficult terrain for the teenager.