Desperate search after young siblings wander off NSW property

·News Reporter
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Two siblings who went missing in NSW have had a "tearful" reunion with their family after they were rescued.

Eli Jones, 14, and his sister Hannah Jones, 12, went missing from a property on White Cedars Road, Kains Flat, about 35km northeast of Mudgee on Monday about 5.45pm.

An extensive search of the area through bushland was undertaken by a number of police units including PolAir.

Fortunately, the pair were found on Tuesday after PolAir found them in bushland about midday, police said.

Eli Jones, 14, and Hannah Jones, 12, are pictured.
Eli Jones, 14, and Hannah Jones, 12, are missing from a property northeast of Mudgee. Source: NSW Police

Detective Inspector Natalie Antaw told the ABC the siblings told their family they were going to check out a rock not far from the property when they became lost.

They had been to the campsite before but were not entirely familiar with their surroundings.

Luckily, they were found as they had no food or water with them.

"It's a fantastic result and it's wonderful to see them reunited with obviously very relieved family and friends," Detective Inspector Antaw told the ABC.

"The reunion was quite tearful and it was really lovely to witness."

In a statement, the family thanked those who helped rescue Eli and Hannah.

"Our family would like to give our deepest thanks to emergency services and volunteers for assisting in the safe recovery of our children," they said.

"We also extend a special thank you to the community from both Mudgee and Sydney.

"While we are grateful for the assistance provided by the community and media, we respectfully request privacy at this time."

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