WHEN Tina got hold of her young son, Tyler, as he got off the plane yesterday afternoon in Coffs Harbour, nothing was going to make her let go.
Because for the past 12 months, Tina didn't know whether she would see Tyler ever again.
"We're good now, everything is all right," Tina said, as she hugged Tyler, fighting back the tears.
Tyler, 5, was allegedly abducted from Queensland last October, but a joint operation between the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police, and a tip to Crime Stoppers eventually broke the case, and Tyler was found on Monday.
A relative of young Tyler, former detective sergeant Garry Hoskett, of Boambee, flew down to Victoria to get Tyler and bring him back to his mum.
"He's held up remarkably well, he's resilient and taking it all in his stride," Mr Hoskett said.
"He's been made honorary deputy constable Tyler with the Victorian police, who gave him a badge for his effort."
Mr Hoskett praised Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police for their efforts.
"They've reacted to the Crime Stoppers tip immediately and appropriately, it's nice to know the system works," he said.