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Father of boy who was found after going missing is arrested after drug lab is allegedly discovered

Father of 11-year-old boy who was miraculously found alive after going missing is arrested after police allegedly find a drug lab while telling him the good news

  • Relief after boy who went missing is found safe in freezing temperatures
  • The schoolboy was spotted by a local who helped with the search
  • He was reported missing after failing to return home Wednesday afternoon
  • He was wearing a black and white coat and a large black backpack

The father of a boy who went missing after a ‘bad day’ at school has been arrested after police allegedly discovered a drug lab in his home.

The boy was found after disappearing the previous afternoon in Sydney’s Hills District, spending a night in frigid temperatures of 4C.

But when officers went to tell the 28-year-old the good news at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, they reportedly found a locked room in his home with a hydroponic plant.

The father has been arrested and is still in custody, but it is clear that no charges have been filed yet.

His son was found after a member of the public saw the 11-year-old walking along Annangrove Road near Joylyn Road just before 9:30 am.

The boy was cold after spending the night outside, but was assisted by police and fed with food on Thursday morning.

“He was examined at the scene by NSW paramedics and despite being out in the cold all night, he had no visible injuries,” police said.

The schoolboy was taken to hospital for further examination and arrangements were made to reunite him with his family.

Obviously, the boy had a particularly “bad day at school” on Wednesday before disappearing.

Police are also investigating his Opal card details and have begun contacting the boy's family and friends (photo, Annangrove Public School he attends)

Police are also investigating his Opal card details and have begun contacting the boy’s family and friends (photo, Annangrove Public School he attends)

The 11-year-old hadn’t been seen since 4.45pm on Wednesday since he last walked along Annangrove Road to Rouse Hill in Sydney’s northwest, nearly two hours after getting off the school bus on the same road.

Officers conducted an extensive search in the area along with 15 SES members and PolAir on Wednesday evening, during which the temperature dropped to just four degrees.

A multi-agency search began at 8 a.m. Thursday with members of the local police force, Police Rescue Squad, PolAir and SES to scour the area for clues.

Chief Inspector Darrin Batchelor said police were alerted by the boy’s concerned parents who had contacted them when their son failed to return home on Wednesday afternoon.

“His family is very upset, especially as temperatures have been quite cold at night,” he told reporters on Thursday morning.

“They’ve had a really rough night and they’ve been looking last night.”

Although the police have reiterated that his disappearance is out of character, the police said they do not suspect any malicious intent.

There had been a ‘high number’ of sightings reported to Crime Stoppers, but it was likely other students commuting to and from school.

Police checked the data on the boy’s Opal public transport card to track his movements and contacted his extended family and friends.

A geo-text was sent to residents in the region on Wednesday.

Police reassured the community that the message was not a scam and begged for information on the boy’s whereabouts.

He is described as having an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance and about four feet tall, with a slender build, short brown hair and hazel eyes.

He got off the school bus on Annangrove Road around 3pm, wearing a black and white coat and carrying a large black backpack

He got off the school bus on Annangrove Road around 3pm, wearing a black and white coat and carrying a large black backpack

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