UPDATE 11am: Little Isaac Johnson, a quiet boy with a shy smile, spent last night lost on the streets of Stratton.
While his mother, Yawaha Koboi, spent a sleepless night surrounded by relatives and trying not to think the worst, the nine-year-old was roaming the streets in tears.
Isaac was found and fed this morning by a Stratton woman, who called the police about 8.20am.He was taken home to Swan View and reunited with his family amid scenes of relief and laughter.
But last night was no laughing matter.
Isaac had gone for a walk about 4.30pm after a bad day at school and failed to find his way home.
Panic set in for Ms Koboi, who reported him missing to police and started calling friends and family.
As the afternoon wore on and search efforts were ramped up, Isaac did not realise he was walking in the wrong direction.
He walked all night, only stopping to jump and wave each time the search helicopter passed overhead.
His efforts were futile, though, and the helicopter eventually stopped searching.
For the rest of the night and into the morning, Isaac kept walking the streets, looking for something familiar.
But he was on the wrong side of Midland Cemetery, in the neighboring suburb of Stratton, and admits he was "very scared".
The nightmare ended for Isaac and Ms Koboi this morning, when a woman recognised the tiny boy and called the police.
"It was like a release... I was just happy. I had my friend with me, Tiana, so she started screaming," Ms Koboi said. "I was in tears all night, this morning I was also in tears, so when I saw him I was very happy.
"When he went in the shower, he told me that yesterday when he went to school, a boy was dragging him and he showed me the mark.
"I don't know, maybe he had a terrible day."
Ms Koboi said she and Isaac would talk to the school principal about bullying tomorrow.
But for now, they are looking forward to getting their first bit of sleep in about 30 hours.
Emergency services searched around the area around the boy's Talbot Road house throughout most of the night. The effort included bike patrol officers, dog squad and SES volunteers.Earlier this morning police issued a desperate plea for public help because of his young age.
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