Beautiful moment when mother is reunited with her missing daughter after a Good Samaritan sees the autistic woman, 20, sitting in the mud and trembling
- Yasmina Sims, 20, was reunited with her mother Patricia Townshend on Saturday
- Sims, who has autism, went missing for 2 nights in bushland in eastern Melbourne
- A family saw the woman wandering the area after recognizing her
- Victoria Police say she walked more than 15km in freezing weather
An autistic woman who went missing for two days in the dense bushland has an emotional reunion with her mother.
Yasmina Sims, 20, was found trembling and covered in mud just a few miles from her home in Mooroolbark, northeast Melbourne, by a family who drove by and happened to recognize her.
A heartwarming video shows the moment when her relieved mother, Patricia Townshend, is reunited with her daughter as she sits trembling and crouching by the side of the road.
Patricia Townshend was reunited with her daughter Yasmina Sims, 20, (pictured) after she went missing from their Mooroolbark home
“I’m just relieved,” Ms Townshend said 9News.
“There are caring people who are willing to stop and join in. I can’t thank them enough.”
Her daughter, who lives with autism and needs a lot of support, went missing from the family’s home on Thursday, sparking a frantic police search.
Ms Townshend feared the worst after Yasmina spent two nights lost in bushland with no food or medicine, cold and alone in the dark.
Victoria police said they believe Yasmina had walked more than 15km in the rugged terrain when temperatures dropped below 10C overnight.
The Maslowski family was driving past when they saw the 20-year-old wandering the area on Saturday, wet and trembling with cold.
A relieved Ms Townshend was happy her daughter had been found safe after being lost for 2 nights in dense undergrowth in eastern Melbourne
Cassandra Maslowski, who works as a nurse, managed to approach Yasmina carefully without upsetting her and wrapping her in a jacket.
“She obviously wasn’t talking, but you could tell she needed help,” she said.
With a dark mud-covered hoodie draped over her face, Yasmina was bent over by the side of the road when her mother finally reached her after being separated for two nights.
“I’m just glad she’s safe,” Ms Townshend told 9News.
She also added that her daughter was looking forward to a nice hot meal after medical checkups.
The 20-year-old has gone missing before and usually likes to hide under buildings making her difficult to locate.
Last October, Yasmina went missing on Bushy Creek Trail near Pembroke Road as police called for public help. She also disappeared from the Bridge Avenue site for more than 24 hours in July of last year.
Yasmina lives with autism and is prone to disappearing. She prefers to hide under buildings, making her hard to find