Missing Aussie boy Yadavs mother says her life is empty without him

August 12th, 2008 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne , Aug 12 (ANI): The parents of nine-year-old boy Yadav Munohur of Indian origin, who went missing last Thursday, have not given up hope of finding him and claimed that he was still alive. Yadav went missing after he ran away from home for being stopped by his mother from going to play in a nearby park.

Yadavs parents Arti and Kailash said this was the first time the boy had disobeyed them since he came to live with them after he was adopted from a Mumbai orphanage at the age of seven, and that he was never left alone since he had lived with them.

At a media conference, the wife-husband duo spoke of their anguish, saying their life has been devastated by the incident. He has made my life empty, said Arti.

Kailash said he did know whether Yadav could swim or that there was a creek at the park, but said his son enjoyed paddling in the water at the beach when the family lived in Mauritius . We are just hoping that this won”t last too much longer, hopefully, we are just waiting for our son to come back to us, Munohur said and added I still keep that hope (that he is still alive). I don”t want to look at the (other) side of it.

Police have searched Gardiners Creek, which runs through the reserve, and the Yarra River , but have found no trace of Yadav, despite two witnesses coming forward, one of whom said they saw him at the bank of the creek near a construction site. Waders scoured the area again today but turned up no sign of the missing boy.

Acting Sergeant Chris Jones, from Boroondara police, said on the night of Yadav’’s disappearance, the water levels in Gardiners Creek had risen to two metres higher than they had been that day, reported The Age.

He said the police had not been able to search thoroughly there because the water levels made it somewhat dangerous. But, he added they were hopeful the water would drop today and when it did, the police would conduct a more detailed search there.

Since his disappearance, police the have suggested Yadav’’s street smarts may have helped keep him alive. But, Acting Sergeant Jones said that he did not know what Yadav could be doing to keep alive except for eating and keeping dry and warm. (ANI)

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