Axel, 4, missing, was found alive near Tolaga Bay


A researcher confirmed Checkpoint Axel, a boy from Tolaga Bay, was found alive on a forest road 19 km from his home.

Axel has been missing since this afternoon.
Photo: New Zealand Police

Axel was reported missing yesterday afternoon at his rural property in Cap Est.

Police also confirmed the boy was found around 10:45 a.m. today and reunited with his family.

A local broadcaster, Uawa Live, reports that more than 100 search and rescue volunteers cheered as the team that found him walked up the aisle.

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RNZ understands that the boy and his family are new to the community.

A farmer who attended today’s morning meeting told RNZ that the location that was being searched was in a wooded area crossed by a river.

The region is about 7 km inland from the coast.

Police, ground search and rescue and helicopter personnel also participated in the search today.

Yesterday’s search included police dogs and a helicopter, and a small team continued to search in the dark until 11 p.m.

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