Major search to find missing three-year-old boy with autism

A major search is underway to find a missing three-year-old boy with autism north of Sydney in the Hunter Valley.

Three-year-old boy AJ, who lives with autism, was last seen at a home on a rural property on Yengo Drive, Putty, south of Singleton, about 11.45am yesterday.

He has not been seen since, sparking a widespread search through the night.

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Police are using trail bikes and police helicopters to try and track down the boy, with both the State Emergency Service (SES) and Rural Fire Service assisting in the search.

NSW Police issued a statement insisting assistance from the public was currently not required, reminding people of the COVID-19 restrictions in place.

"There are sufficient emergency services on scene and public assistance is not required at this time," NSW Police said in a statement.

"This area is deemed regional NSW and travel restrictions under the Public Health Order apply."

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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