Search continues for little boy lost

Written By komlim puldel on Selasa, 09 Desember 2014 | 20.01

Theparents of missing Landsdale boy Sam have described how he vanished in just 30 seconds and urge their neighbours to join the search as police scour the area, including local lakes.

Two-year-old Sam Trott, who is missing in Landsdale. Picture: WA Police Source: Supplied

DARKNESS is not stopping police and volunteers in their desperate search for missing autistic toddler Sam Trott, who wandered away from his family home in Perth's northern suburbs this morning.

As darkness fell and the temperatures cooled in Landsdale tonight, scores of residents young and old – some carrying torches – combed the streets and surrounds for the missing two-and-a-half-year-old. People are looking under cars, behind fences, over walls and in bushes.

As searchers continue through the night, a community is praying for a happy ending.

Police, SES volunteers, local rangers, neighbours and strangers have spent hours scouring local streets, parks, lakes, storm drains and bushland in Landsdale without any sign of little Sam.

This afternoon Sam's parents Lyndal and Matthew Trott spoke to the media, pleading for locals to do all they can to help search for their son.

They said all it took was 30 seconds for their toddler to dash out the front door of their Walbrook Mews home, which had been left open by tradesmen about 10.30am.

Missing Landsdale toddler Sam Trott. Picture: Twitter/Nine News Perth Source: Twitter

"We had some workmen come in to install some mirrors and one minute he was there and I spoke to him," Mrs Trott said.

"I heard the fridge door beep because he was in the fridge, I said 'shut the door Sam'.

"Thirty seconds later it beeped again and as I turned back around ... he wasn't there.

"I immediately saw the front door open and I just ran, I ran out the front.

"In 30 seconds he was not there anymore.

"When I looked left and right, straight ahead and I couldn't see him I ran straight back inside, I went through every room screaming his name."

"He doesn't know how to open doors but the door was wide open."

The parents of missing toddler Sam Trott, Lyndal and Matt, speak with media in Landsdale. Picture: Twitter/WA Police Source: Supplied

Sam's father Matthew Trott had this plea for locals: "Check your backyards, your frontyards, check your bushes ... he could be hiding in your garden."

"When you're finished please go knock on your neighbours door and ask them to do the same thing.

"He can be quite sociable but by the same token he could run away. If you see him and he runs away run after him, catch him please because we really need him to come home.

"If you've got little drains, you know, he's autistic, so he may not play with normal toys, so he could be hiding in the garden.

"He could be hiding somewhere, he could be wandering around he may well have got tired and laid down for a sleep."

The parents said Sam answered to Sam and "Sammy." Mr Trott asked people to look for Sam within a 5km radius, saying his son could have run a fair way since he disappeared.

Mounted police officers search for missing boy Sam Trott. Picture: Ross Swanborough Source: News Limited

Police are also checking nearby homes and businesses for CCTV footage which may lead them to some clues. Local residents and businesses with CCTV cameras have been urged to check their footage for any sign of Sam to help police confirm which way the toddler went.

Young police recruits still training at the academy arrived in the area to help with the search several hours ago.

About 70 SES volunteers are part of the operation also.

Police are also setting up lights in local parks and providing torches to volunteers.

Nightfall will make it easier for the helicopter's infrared technology to see the boy.

The overnight minimum is expected to dip to 12C, with Sam wearing a polo shirt, shorts and no shoes.

Police divers search a lake in Landsdale for missing boy Sam Trott. Picture: Twitter/Nine News Source: Supplied

Sam is described as fair skinned and has blond hair. He was last seen wearing a blue polo shirt, shorts with a grey stripe.

The boy is known to like water so lakes surrounding the nearby primary school are also being combed by police divers.

"He doesn't talk very much so he may not respond to his name being called," grandfather Geoff Trott said.

"But we're just hopeful at this moment he's in somebody's backyard, maybe sifting through a bit of sand or something.

"He's very special. He's got autism which makes it all the more difficult."

SES volunteers join the search for missing Landsdale boy Sam Trott. Picture: Ross Swanborough Source: News Limited

Inspector Dom Wood said another 40 officers and 40 SES volunteers were being brought in to boost search efforts before nightfall.

Insp Wood said the search would continue until Sam was found.

Kim Smith, who lives on the same street as Sam's parents, has set up a coffee stand at her home.

"As soon as the police knocked on my door I went out looking," she said.

"Everyone else has done the same .. .the community spirit has been really good."

Landsdale resident Rebecca Wood sustained sunburn all over her chest today as she has been out searching for Sam since noon.

"I've been on my hands and knees digging and looking under bushes," Ms Wood said.

"I've been looking high and low. I just hope he is OK."

Anyone who sees Sam should call police immediately on 131 444.

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