'We Won't Stop': Search Resumes For Missing Toddler In Crocodile-Infested Area
The desperate search has resumed for a two-year-old boy who was last seen on an isolated property in crocodile-infested Far North Queensland.
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.
Police, SES personnel, rangers and workers from a local construction site in Kowanyama spent Wednesday searching for the boy.
Police suspended the search on Wednesday night, but stayed on the property to resume at first light on Thursday.
The search will continue on foot and by vehicle with two helicopters and two drones joining the search.
Police divers have also been called in to support the search across the 170,000-hectare station.
Cape Patrol Inspector Mark Henderson said emergency services are "throwing everything" into the search.
"It's been another long night, we have a large number of resources here," Henderson said,
"We have about seven helicopters, a myriad of SES staff and their resources.
"We have nearly 20 people from neighbouring properties. Everyone is pitching in."
A Tactical squad from Cairns arrived at the scene at midnight to join the search as well.
The length of time the boy has been missing has made the "challenge a bit harder", Henderson conceded.
"We have some light rain starting to fall so that will make our day more difficult but we won't stop," he said.
"We will keep searching and keep looking and hoping to bring this family some peace."
Ruben's mother, Natasha Scott, posted on Facebook on Wednesday, asking for help to find her "little Ruby".
"As people may [sic] know my little Ruby has gone missing, I last seen him at 5:44 yesterday afternoon," Scott said.
"I have every person that can help helping to find him. I understand all you guys are shocked and worried but please, try to hold back from messaging me.
"I’m trying to organise heaps of things to help find him and am trying to hold myself together. I thank and appreciate all you guys are doing for us, the shares help."
As the search goes into its third day, other family members have also posted messages on social media.
"Come home baby please Aunty Reesey misses you we all miss you," said Cherese Scott.
"Baby boy where are you?"
An update from Queensland Police is expected later on Thursday.