The news put a dampener on the Easter break when 11 year old Luke Shambrook walked away from his campsite after breakfast on Good Friday. There was real concern for his welfare when it was discovered he is autistic.
Luke likes to hide and has a fascination with water so wombat holes and mine shafts had to be checked and police divers searched the nearby lake.
After four days and four cold nights, things were looking grim when acting Sargeant Brad Pascoe in a police helicopter, spotted something in the bush.
"Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a little flash of something" he said. "It wasn't much but it was enough to make me get the guys to turn the aircraft around."
He was dehydrated and hypothermic, but very much alive.
Helicopters, the Dog Squad, police motorcycles, mounted branch horses, four wheel drive vehicles and hundreds of volunteers gave up their Easter break to look for Luke.
And the joy of finding him alive, knows no bounds.