THE dad of a six-year-old boy who vanished from a motorway service station overnight described his relief after his son was found following a nine hour search.
Aadil Umair Rahim, who was believed to be on a school trip at the time, went missing at Newport Pagnell Services near Milton Keynes about 7.15pm on Friday – sparking a massive hunt.
Desperate police released an appeal to the public to help find the little boy – even releasing CCTV of the child while he was at the service station earlier.
But just after 4am today, Thames Valley Police shared the good news that Aadil had been found.
Sharing the good news, Aadil’s dad Umair wrote on social media his thanks at the hundreds of volunteers who had rushed to help.
He wrote: “Thank you guys, you) gave me and my wife a second life.”
He later added: “My son has arrived and he is safe now.
“Thanks for the prayers. Shukar to Allah.
“Thank to Thames Valley Police helicopter services fire department and safe and rescue department who worked tirelessly for 9 hours and found him safe.
“There was more than 1,000 people looking for him – I’m thankful to everyone.”
SAFE AT HOME
According to reports on social media, it’s believed Aadil is from Nottingham and was on a school trip when they made a stop at the service station.
Superintendent Amy Clements, said: “This was a very difficult operation involving a very young boy and we are relieved to say that Aadil has been found safe and well.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the local community, who immediately offered help in trying to find Aadil.
“Also I’d like to thank those who have co-operated with Police during this time.
“This was a large operation in difficult conditions so I’d like to also publicly thank the search and rescue teams who assisted in the search and the large number of officers involved, including the National Police Air Service which helped bring this positive resolution.
“We are so very glad that he has been found and are thankful to everyone involved in assisting with that.”
Police have not released where little Aadil was found.
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At the time, police said Aadil was wearing a green jumper, a grey long top, grey baggy trousers and a white skull cap.
They had earlier urged anyone with information to come forward – saying the little boy could simply be hiding.
Motorists had been asked to pass any dashcam footage to officers if they saw anything.
Emergency workers searching for Aadil on Friday night[/caption]
Police at the scene where six-year-old Aadil went missing[/caption]
The Welcome Break services in Newton Pagnell where Aadil, 6, went missing[/caption]