Desperate Search For Toddler Missing In Crocodile Country
A two-year-old boy is missing somewhere on a remote property in far north Queensland, a day after after wandering away from the homestead in crocodile country.
Cattle station crews and graziers with private helicopters have joined the desperate search for a little boy who wandered away from a homestead on a remote property in far north Queensland.
Two-year-old Ruben was last seen near the Koolatah Station homestead, 270 kilometres north of Karumba on the western side of Cape York Peninsula, about 5pm on Tuesday.
It's a race against time to find the toddler as the homestead sits on the back of a lagoon that's a known crocodile habitat
The homestead is surrounded by a fenced-off yard, big shady trees and nearby cattle yards.
"Come home baby please Aunty Reesey misses you we all miss you," his aunt Cherese Scott wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
Hours earlier Scott urged anyone with information to contact police.
"We want our Ruby home safe and sound," she added.
The little boy's mum, Natasha Scott, said her son is the "greatest person ever".
"Life's complete with you and your smile," she wrote alongside a picture of the smiling little boy in July.
Family, station employees and workers from neighbouring stations looked for the little boy on Tuesday afternoon and called police around nightfall when they couldn't find him.
They continued searching through the night and more police are on their way to the isolated 170,000-hectare property.
State Emergency Services personnel, rangers and workers from a construction site in Kowanyama are helping to look for the boy in dense scrub and rugged terrain.
Two helicopters from neighbouring stations are also involved.
The homestead sits on the back of a lagoon and is surrounded by a fenced-off yard, big shady trees and nearby cattle yards.
The area is a known crocodile habitat.