A teenage boy with autism was found deceased near Melbourne, Australia, over 32 hours after he had gone missing — and after his family and local residents were ordered to call off searching due to draconian coronavirus rules.
William Wall, 14, embarked on his daily run at approximately 6:45 am on Tuesday morning but never came home, his family said.
A massive search effort was launched, with family and friends joining authorities to look for William.
Victoria Police eventually told civilians they could no longer participate and must return home, or risk violating current rules barring state residents from traveling more than five kilometers from their homes.
“In line with coronavirus restrictions, at this stage we do not require any assistance from the public,” local police wrote on Facebook on Tuesday night.
“We want to say a big thank you however, for the all the offers we have received.”