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Monday, December 05, 2022

11-year-old Sydney boy found alive on cold winter night in Hills District

Police visited Wilson’s home at around 10.40 am on Thursday and found a hydroponic setup allegedly in a locked room.

“While at home, police found a hydroponic setup inside a locked room,” said a spokesman for NSW Police. “A 28-year-old man was arrested and he is assisting the police with the interrogation.”

Bacheler said the mood “straight up” among police when Christopher was confirmed to be safe and sound. He was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital for injuries and signs of hypothermia after the Richmond area fell 0.6 degrees below the overnight low at 4.20 a.m. on Thursday.

“Christopher has no visible injuries, so it looks like at this stage, there’s just a possible mild hypothermia,” Bacheler said. “It would have completely froze for him.”

Christopher was last seen getting off the school bus on Annagrove Road, Annagrove, on Wednesday at 3.20 pm wearing Annagrove Public School uniform – a blue T-shirt with maroon and white trim, gray pants and red and black sneakers .

His family almost immediately informed the police when he failed to return home, and later corroborated CCTV footage, which showed him walking down Annagrove Road towards Rouse Hill at 4.45 pm on Wednesday.

“Obviously they are extremely distressed, especially with the overnight temperatures the way they’ve been here in The Hills,” The Bachelor said Thursday morning before resuming.

Speaking after Christopher met, Bacheler said the boy’s family was “extremely relieved”.

“They were disturbed by anxiety all night” [and] Tomorrow afternoon, so it’s a good result,” he said.

Bacheler said that the police would wait until the boy recovers to find out more about his overnight adventure, but no one else was involved at this stage.

He thanked the Hills District community for their many calls after police spread the news of his disappearance on social media and returned to school on Thursday morning via geo-targeted SMS alerts to residents.

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