Police search for missing boy with autism at Launching Place

Police have launched an air and ground search for a teenager with high functioning autism after he went missing in Launching Place today.

William Wall was last seen leaving for his daily walk on the Warburton Trail about 6.45am today.

The 14-year-old told his family he would be gone for 15 minutes but has not returned home or been seen since.

Police and family hold serious concerns for William’s welfare as he may become disorientated without food due to the length of time he has been missing.

The Airwing, Specialist Solo’s Unit and local uniform members are being supported by the State Emergency Services in searching for William.

William is described as being 177cm tall, with a lean build, mousy brown hair and has a lazy right eye.

He was last seen wearing a dark hooded jumper, dark-coloured track pants, black runners and had a hydration pack across his chest.

Investigators have released a photo of William in the hope someone may recognise him and be able to provide information on his whereabouts.

Anyone who sees William or with information is urged to contact Mooroolbark Police Station on 9725 9999.

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