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A tragic end to the search for missing boy

Connor Graham, 4.
Connor Graham, 4.

4.30PM: THE body of a boy has been found in water at Chatsworth Island. 

The four-year-old was reported missing just after 7am today when his parents discovered he was not in his bed. 

A search was initiated and involved police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command, Dog Unit, PolAir and volunteers.

About 4.15pm, the boy's body was discovered in water near the family home, police said. 

A report is being prepared for the Coroner.

 

4PM: PARENTS of four-year-old Connor Elliott Graham are still without answers after their son went missing from a home at Chatsworth Island.

The boy, who has autism and is believed to be visiting from Queensland, was put to bed on Christmas night and when his parents checked on him at about 4am today, they found him sleeping.

Just before 7am, Connor's parents noticed him missing from his bed.

Police were called to the Chatsworth Island home where they had been holidaying for the past two weeks and a search of the property and surrounds was initiated.

One of Connor's toys was found by the riverbank just near the home.

The dog squad, police helicopters, 29 SES volunteers and the Coffs/Clarence area command scoured the nearby cane fields as water police and SES boat crews searched the river.

Inspector Brendan Gorman said police fear for the child's safety.

"There are a lot of risks around here - the cane fields, the river, the main roads," Insp Gorman said.

"We have searched nearby buildings and we are searching the water plus a land search," Insp Gorman said.

Reverend Des Scotcher of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Australia encouraged the community to keep Connor in their prayers.

"It's a pity these things happen around Christmas, but we just hope and pray that he will return home to his family very soon," Rev Scotcher said.

"We just ask everyone to keep Connor and his mother and father and close family in their prayers."

Connor was last seen wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pyjamas, has fair skin and red hair.

 

UPDATE 3.30PM: POLICE will update the media on the search for four-year-old Connor Elliott Graham who went missing from a home at Chatsworth Island. 

Coffs Clarence Local Area Command Inspector Brendan Gorman will address the media at 4pm this afternoon. 

 

11.20am

The search has been widened for missing four-year-old child Connor Graham.

Connor was put to bed on Christmas night and his parents checked on him at 3.30am Thursday to find him sleeping.

Just after 7am, they called to wake Connor up but found he was not in his bed.

Coffs Clarence LAC police initiated a search which has been widened to include SES volunteers and the NSW Police Diving Unit.

 

THURSDAY, 10.30AM: A FULL scale search is underway for a child missing at Chatsworth Island near Maclean.

Coffs Clarence LAC officers were alerted just after 7am this morning when the four-year-old boy was discovered missing from his bed.

The boy was last seen when his parents put him to bed on Christmas night.

An initial search of the home and surrounds was conducted but failed to locate him.

When last seen the child was wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pyjamas and he is described as having red hair and fair skin.

A search has commenced in the immediate area and includes police attached to Coffs/ Clarence Local Area Command, Dog Squad, POLAIR helicopter and local volunteers.

Police are appealing for anyone who sights the child to keep him safe and contact them immediately on 6652 0299 (Coffs Harbour) or 6642 0222 (Grafton).

Topics:  dog squad, polair



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