A six-year-old boy who went disappeared from an M1 service station has been miraculously found alive later a frantic overnight exploration in the freezing cold. Aadil Umair Rahim was found ‘safe and well’ just before 4 am on Saturday after police searched the area using helicopters and tracker dogs.
An alarm was launched after he disappeared from a Nottingham-based coach that had stopped at Newport Pagnell services in Buckinghamshire at about 7.15 pm on Friday. It was alleged he had been on a school trip to the Museum of London and was wearing a uniform when he wandered off as other students used the toilets.
Aadil was brought to the hospital, but there is thought to be no serious reason for concern. Police refused to talk on if any offenses had been committed.
Hundreds of people had stayed alert and spent hours searching the streets and fields to locate him on Friday. CCTV revealed him running towards a car park at the services, but there were no cameras to show which way he headed. At one point throughout the night, fire crews were reportedly out in a boat searching water around Little Linford as temperatures plummeted.
He was discovered nine hours later sitting on a box near road works, the Milton Keynes Citizen reports. After Aadil was discovered, his father, Umair Rahim, wrote on Facebook: ‘My son has appeared, and he is safe now. Thanks for the prayers. Shukar to Allah. ‘Thanks to Thames Valley Police helicopter services fire department and safe and saving department who worked tirelessly for 9 hours and saw him safe. ‘More than 1,000 people were viewing for him. I’m thankful to everyone.’
Thames Valley Police have also praised locals for helping with the search. Superintendent Amy Clements said:
‘This was a massive operation in harsh conditions, so I’d like to also publicly thank the search and rescue teams who assisted in the search and a large number of officers included, including the National Police Air Service, which served bring this positive resolution.
‘We are so delighted that he has been found and are thankful to everyone involved in helping with that.’