The father of an autistic teen with hopes of joining the air force and becoming a police officer who was found dead after a two-day search in the Yarra Ranges of Victoria gave his beautiful son an emotional tribute.
After leaving his Launching Place home to go for a 15-minute walk about 6.45 a.m. on Tuesday, William Wall, 14, went missing, but was found dead around 34 hours later.
His disappearance sparked a major search effort between Launching Place and Warburton around a 10 km range of dense bushland east of Melbourne, with police reporting the teenager was located on Wednesday afternoon about 1 km from home.
Shane Wall, William ‘s dad, gave an emotional tribute to his “beautiful and caring son.”
“I wish I had better news regarding our beautiful and caring son and brother William Wall, unfortunately he is no longer with us,” Mr Wall posted on Facebook.
“We don’t know how to begin to thank everyone who searched and supported us in the last 48 hours.
“The list is endless. We are so fortunate to live in an amazing and supportive community.”
The dad said William loved dogs and exercise, was very energetic and athletic.
“He loves exercise, 15 minutes to an hour, it’s not unheard of, he’s a decent-sized kid, very energetic, athletic,” Mr Wall said.
“He’s a kid that sticks to himself, does all his school work, so this (his disappearance) is really out of the ordinary.”
Police said “his death is not being treated as suspicious, and police will prepare a report for the coroner.”