Missing 4-year-old found
A frantic search yesterday for a missing 4-year-old turned out to be needless.
The parents of the boy, missing in Porirua for more than 18 hours, found he had been safely at his uncle's house all the time.
Bruce Anaru Mackintosh was discovered in Tawa yesterday afternoon, after one of the boy's neighbours - annoyed by police and community members congregating outside her home - told the police where he was.
Kapiti-Mana area commander John Price said Bruce's father had put him to bed in their Esk Place home in Cannons Creek around 9.30pm on Friday. His absence wasn't noticed after that until mid- morning yesterday.
The father called the police for help at 10am, sparking a six-hour multi-agency search involving police, search and rescue, and tracker dogs.
Bruce was found safe and well in Tawa around 4pm after the irate neighbour, who had known the boy's whereabouts since the previous night, alerted police.
Josie Huntley, who had spent much of the day searching for Bruce, said Bruce's next-door neighbour had leaned out of her window and screamed at police and fellow neighbours. "The neighbour knew all along where the kid was. The uncle came and got him and took him to Tawa."
Price said although Bruce was found safe, the case might yet be referred to Child, Youth and Family.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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