Sydney boy missing: Desperate search for Christopher Wilson, 11, who disappeared after getting off the school bus in Annangrove

Christopher Wilson, an 11-year-old boy who went missing in Sydney’s Hills yesterday afternoon, has been found safe and sound.

He was last seen shortly after getting off his school bus in Annangrove and fears for the boy were mounting as temperatures plummeted overnight.

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A member of the public spotted Christopher walking along Annangrove Road near Joylyn Road just after 9.30am on Thursday.

He had no visible injuries despite the cold night and was assessed at the scene by NSW paramedics.

He was taken to hospital for further evaluation and arrangements were made to reunite him with his family.

Before being found, Christopher was last seen walking along Annangrove Road towards Langlands Road in Annangrove at around 4.45pm on Wednesday, shortly after getting off his school bus.

Police said they were notified when Christopher did not return home.

They carried out a thorough search of the area overnight, as temperatures dropped to as low as 4C.

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“He was just wearing shorts and a jacket,” Hills Police Area Command Superintendent Darrin Batchelor said at a news conference Thursday morning.

“One of our officers spoke to Christopher’s family this morning, obviously they’re extremely distressed, especially at night with the temperatures they’ve had here in the hills – they’ve been quite cold.”

It is understood the 11-year-old had no money or food.

Christopher Wilson, 11, was found safe after a member of the public spotted him. Credit: New South Wales Police

The properties bordering Annangrove Road are mostly acreage and large properties, with some backing onto a reserve, so police had asked residents to search their own properties to help them find Christopher.

“We searched a number of derelict properties last night along Annangrove Road, and as these are all acreage I can only hope Christopher found his way into a shed or somewhere and lowered the head overnight,” Batchelor said before the boy was found.

His disappearance was considered “extremely unusual” and police said Christopher’s family called them “almost immediately”.

Police were also concerned for Christopher’s welfare due to his age.

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He was described as Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander in appearance, about 120cm tall, of slim build, with short brown hair and brown eyes.

Christopher had last been seen wearing a school uniform, consisting of a blue T-shirt with brown and white trim and gray shorts, and red and black shoes.

When police reported Christopher’s last sighting at 4.45pm, they said he was “about 4km from home, all alone”.

“A member of the public had seen our Facebook post and contacted police, and they had CCTV footage outside the property,” Batchelor said.

The NSW SES assisted police on Wednesday evening in their search for Christopher. Credit: NSW SES

Christopher’s family confirmed the boy in the footage was Christopher, and police said he was also wearing a black jacket and black backpack.

As school resumed Thursday morning, Batchelor said police received “a large number of 000 and Crime Stoppers reports…obviously seeing children wearing the same uniform.”

“We need those calls to come in and every one of them will be followed up.

“What I can also ask is anyone traveling on Annangrove Road yesterday between 3.20pm and around 6pm – if they have any dash cam footage please take a look to see if they can see Christopher walking.”

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The properties bordering Annangrove Road are mostly acreage and large properties, so police have asked residents to carry out their own searches. Credit: Google Maps

Police from the Hills Police Area Command, assisted by officers from neighboring commands, were joined in the nighttime search by a fixed-wing aircraft from PolAir, officers from Police Rescue and 15 members of the SES.

A full-scale search resumed on Thursday with command headquarters established at the Hills Fire Control Center in Kenthurst headed by a dedicated search coordinator.

Police sent a geo-targeted text message to The Hills area.

If you receive a message from +61 444 444 444, NSW Police say it is not a scam.

Brandon D. James