Missing boy found alive in bushland

31 Dec, 2012 11:54 AM

A 14-year-old boy who has been missing in dense bushland for more than 24 hours has been found alive and well.

Dennis Dear was last seen riding his quad bike at about 6.30am Sunday after he was separated from a group – including his father - on a bush trail near Flint, about 80 kilometres southeast of Perth.

A search of the area continued overnight and his quad bike was found in a ditch.

Police held grave fears for the teenager who is autistic and disappeared during a heatwave, with the area reaching up to 42 degrees, without any water.

Police spokesman Samuel Dennison confirmed the teenager had been found.

He said given his ordeal Dennis would be subjected to a medical evaluation and that returning him to his family was the first priority.


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