Police find body of boy missing in far north Queensland


Divers retrieved the body today from a large dam near the homestead of a remote cattle station from which he when he disappeared on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula.

“Our thoughts go out to Ruben’s family, friends and the communities of Maramie and Kowanyama, as well as everyone involved in the search during this difficult time,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

“Chief Superintendent Brian Huxley expressed his condolences to the family and his gratitude for all involved in the search.”

Police will now prepare a report for the Coroner.

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The search team looking for missing toddler Ruben Scott have been advised by experts that the likelihood of him surviving in current conditions has slipped away.

Ruben has been missing since late Tuesday afternoon when he disappeared from a remote cattle station on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula.

Paediatric experts have counselled the family and search crews that the likelihood of the two-year-old surviving in the harsh conditions has passed.

“It’s with regret that last night I had to sit with the family and advise them that the survivability of their son and grandson has now passed,” Cape Patrol Inspector Mark Henderson said.

“That won’t stop our efforts, we’ve had some 1700 square kilometres, 450,000 square acres to search. It’s been a very hard task and we’ve given it our best.

“But paediatric experts now tell us that survivability has passed.”

Police have scaled back their use of helicopters and other aircraft, and are focusing their searches on the ground and water, according to reports.

As they continue their efforts to find the missing boy, a dive squad composed of eight divers has now arrived at the property.

“They will now start scouring a large lake that is behind the homestead, where they are being assisted by (Environmental Protection) officers who are helping us gauge the level of crocodile infestation in that area.”

Mr Henderson signalled there were a long two or three days ahead for the team of divers who would continue their search, as the team was dedicated to trying to bring peace to the toddler’s family.

Ruben Scott, 2, went missing at Koolatah Station.Source:Supplied

Ruben pictured with mum Natasha Scott.

Ruben pictured with mum Natasha Scott.Source:Supplied

A team of eight divers has arrived to search the water behind the property, which is a known crocodile habitat.

A team of eight divers has arrived to search the water behind the property, which is a known crocodile habitat.Source:Supplied

Search efforts resumed today. Helicopters and heat-seeking drones have been aiding the search, with search crews scouring bushland on foot, horseback and motorbikes.

Mr Henderson said yesterday that search crews were determined to find the little boy, but with three nights having passed, the search was becoming desperate.

“I guess it is coming to that time where the fears that we have for this young fellow start to become grave,” he said on Thursday.

Police and SES searched for Ruben on the family property using drones with infra-red. Picture: Qld Police

Police and SES searched for Ruben on the family property using drones with infra-red. Picture: Qld PoliceSource:News Corp Australia

The search team includes the help of concerned neighbours, and police divers searching waterways.

The cattle station backs onto a lagoon and the Mitchell River, east of Kowanyama, on the western side of Cape York Peninsula. It is a known crocodile habitat.

Ruben’s mother Natasha Scott said she last saw her son about 5.45pm on Tuesday. In a social media post, she said she was doing her best to hold herself together.

“I have every person that can help helping to find him. I understand all you guys are shocked and worried but please, try to hold back from messaging me,” she wrote on Facebook.

“I’m trying to organise heaps of things to help find him and am trying to hold myself together. I thank and appreciate all you guys are doing for us, the shares help.”

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