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Major update in search for missing boy

The search for Hussein Al Mansoory has resumed on Monday morning.
The search for Hussein Al Mansoory has resumed on Monday morning.

A Sydney boy with autism and Down syndrome has been found in the fire escape of an Auburn medical centre after he went missing for more than 48 hours.

Hussein Al Mansoory, 12, was reported missing after he was seen running from Auburn Memorial Park towards the intersection of Station Rd and Rawson St about 10.30am on Saturday.

He was found “safe and well” close to his last confirmed sighting about 12.40pm on Monday in the fire escape of an Auburn medical centre.

“He was found well, he smiled, he was sitting up, he was taken to hospital for a check up but on all accounts he’s doing well,” Superintendent Glasser said.

Hussein lives with Down syndrome and autism. Picture: Supplied
Hussein lives with Down syndrome and autism. Picture: Supplied

Hussein has been taken to hospital for a general check-up, however Superintendent Glasser said he’s well, with his family “ecstatic”.

Superintendent Glasser said he didn’t have the exact information of whether the doors to the fire escape were locked or what the foot traffic is like, but the “messaging got out to the right people”.

“Someone as a result of hearing that has gone and searched the stairwell of a public location,” he said.

He thanked the community and volunteers for their assistance in the search.

“Members of the public were searching, we’ve had several hundred SES volunteers out walking the streets and searching homes,” he said.

“It was relatively close to our last confirmed sighting, so we know that our search experts were putting the police and the SES in the right locations to search.”

Earlier on Monday, police said they held grave concerns for the boy who was last seen wearing a nappy and bare feet at Auburn train station.

Surveillance footage released by police showed the boy wearing just a tshirt, nappy and bare feet as he walked through Auburn Railway Station on Saturday.

The 12-year-old boy was spotted about noon on Saturday around Auburn Railway Station and later about 9pm near Auburn Hospital.

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He was seen on CCTV in Auburn Train Station about midday on Saturday. Picture: NSW Police
Boy missing in Auburn. Picture Facebook.jpg
He was wearing a nappy and had bare feet. Picture: NSW Police

Serious concerns were held for the boy’s welfare as he lives with down syndrome and autism, and is also non-verbal.

Police asked anyone who lived on a large premises in the Auburn area “with access areas that are difficult for the public to see”, such as unit blocks, business premises and fire escapes, to help search for the boy.

The police dog unit was also on standby.

Police and SES were searching for Hussein since Saturday. Picture: 9News
Police and SES were searching for Hussein since Saturday. Picture: 9News

Hussein’s family were “distraught”, he said, and had been assisting in the search, “frantically looking for their son”.

for him.”

Superintendent Glasser said Hussein was “prone to running away” but was usually found quickly, with the family “devastated”.

“(The family have) been actively helping the search, but they’re quite upset by it all,” he said.

“He is unfortunately prone to running away, he has done so in the past, but he’s usually found relatively quickly by family in terms of those previous incidents.”