Search escalates for missing Launching Place boy William Wall

Volunteers are helping police ramp up their search for 14-year-old boy William Wall who has now been missing in Victoria's Yarra Ranges for more than 24 hours.

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SES crews prepare to search the area. PHOTO: ABC News/Supplied.
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Volunteers are helping police ramp up their search for 14-year-old boy William Wall who has now been missing in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges for more than 24 hours.

William Wall left his home at Launching Place at about 6:45am yesterday for his regular walk on the Warburton Trail.

He told his family he would be back in 15 minutes but did not return.

When he did not return, police launched an air and ground search. Today, the focus of the search in Warburton will be on the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail, where police believe there was a credible sighting of an upset male that matched William’s description.

Police are worried about William, who has high-functioning autism, and have said his disappearance was “out of character”.

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William Wall
Missing Launching Place boy William Wall. PHOTO: Victoria Police/Supplied.

The search resumed again this morning, with State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers assisting police, Air Wing, Specialist Solo’s Unit and local uniform members with the search.

Local resident Gabriella Jago, one of several volunteers joining the search efforts this morning, said she felt compelled to help.

“I’m currently 17 weeks pregnant, so I’m becoming a parent for the first time myself,” she said.

“If it’s the one thing I can do, then I’m out of bed.”

William is described as being 177cm tall, with a lean build, mousy brown hair and has a lazy right eye.

He was last seen wearing a dark hooded jumper, dark-coloured track pants, black runners and had a hydration pack across his chest.

Anyone who sees William is urged to call Triple Zero (000) or contact Mooroolbark Police Station on (03) 9725 9999.

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