Search resumes as family pleads for missing Brisbane boy's return

The search for a teenage boy missing since Monday is set to resume at first light on Thursday, as his family plead for him to come home.

Emergency workers on Wednesday scoured bushland near where Eric, 16, was last seen in Brisbane's northwest on Monday afternoon.

He was last spotted in Highvale wearing a white T-shirt, khaki cargo pants and carrying a camouflage backpack.

"Contact us, please. Me, your mum, your baby brother and your baby sister we're missing you," his father, Darryl, said on Wednesday.

Eric's family have pleaded with him to return. Photo: Supplied

"We love you, Eric, and we just hope you come back safe."

Daryl said the family had lived in the area for four years and often went camping and bushwalking.

Eric is believed to have turned off his mobile phone on Monday afternoon.

He has not made contact with friends or family since he was last seen.

Police and SES volunteers have so far concentrated their search on bushland in Highvale, Samford, Mount Glorious and Mount Nebo.

The teen's family says his disappearance is out of character.

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