Drowned Toddler's Mum Shares Emotional Video Tribute To 'Little Lifesaver'
The devastated mother of Ruben Scott says the loss of her son "doesn't feel real", three days after the little boy's body was discovered in a dam on the family's north Queensland cattle station.
Following a desperate three-day search, police confirmed on Friday the toddler's body was found by divers just behind his home on the Cape York Peninsula.
The large dam is located 100 metres away from the station's homestead.
In a touching tribute, Ruben's young mother said she still felt like her little boy is going to walk through the back door.
"I had you when I was just 16," Natasha Scott wrote on Facebook on Monday.
"We did it incredibly hard but eventually got on our little feet...This doesn’t feel real Ruby. Where is my little lifesaver?"
"You used to laugh and smile when I played back the videos I recorded of you and now all I do is cry because I know you’re never coming back to me. I miss everything that you used to do. From spitting in my face, to you saying “love ya”."
Along with the message, Scott also shared a montage of photos and videos of her son.
Ruben was last seen near the Koolatah Station homestead, 270 kilometres north of Karumba, late on Tuesday afternoon.
Emergency crews took to the land, water and sky in a large-scale search, scouring a property with known crocodile habitats.
A team including seven helicopters, police officers and divers, SES volunteers and 20 neighbours searched the 450,000 acre property.
Police announced the body of the young boy had been found at about 3:30pm on Friday.
"This is just a pure tragedy," Chief Superintendent Brian Huxley said on Friday.
"The loss of a little life under these circumstances is really, really difficult for people to grasp a hold of just how significant it is."
"But I tell you for the people who are actually on the scene, who are working out there, all the people who are involved in the search, it's not lost on them."
It is yet to be determined how Ruben came to be in the dam and how he died.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.