Police are still taking a disturbing report extremely seriously after a search for what was described as a baby wrapped in a plastic bag was called off on Monday.
A search began at Yarra Bay in La Perouse, southeast Sydney, about 5pm on Sunday after receiving reports of what looked like a baby in a bag in the water.
However the search was suspended on Monday afternoon after there were no sightings of what was believed to be a child.
Eastern Beaches Detective Superintendent Rohan Cramsie told reporters on Monday however they were taking the reports seriously and did not believe it was a hoax.
“These gentlemen last night (Sunday) have acted in good faith, and we certainly compliment them for doing that,” Detective Superintendent Cramsie said.
“The information they have provided seems very credible and that is why we are taking this so seriously.”
Police receive ‘grainy’ video of bag
He added a video had been sent to police however it was grainy and poor quality.
“It’s very, very hard to decipher from that video what may or may not be inside the bag,” he said.
Detective Superintendent said anybody with information about the baby or a mother that may have discarded a baby should contact police.
“The smallest piece of information may assist us in conducting further investigations,” Superintendent Cramsie said.
“Our priority is to ensure the safety of anyone who may have been involved in this.
“If there’s a mother out there who knows something about this, we want to make sure she is OK.
“There’s nothing shameful about this, we want to make sure she’s safe and we can assist her in anything to make sure her health is our absolute priority.”
Police Marine Area Command, Polair, NSW Ambulance and several rescue helicopters scoured the area after several witnesses reported seeing the object on Sunday afternoon.
The search was suspended at 7.45pm on Sunday and resumed at 7am on Monday, but had been called off by 2.30pm after emergency services failed to find anything.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.
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