Tragic end to search for autistic teen

William Wall.

By Romy Stephens

The search for a missing autistic boy has ended in tragedy, with the teenager’s body being found in Yarra Junction.

Victoria Police confirmed just before 5pm on 23 September that 14-year-old William Wall had been found dead.

Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious and that a report would be prepared for the Coroner.

It came after a desperate search for William took place over the past couple of days involving police, SES, Bush Search and Rescue and local volunteers.

The search was focused around Warburton after reports of possible sightings in the areas.

William’s father, Shane, spoke to media on Wednesday morning and said his son was an energetic and athletic young boy who hoped to one day work for Victoria Police or the Air Force.

Shane also said the community support during the search had been “fantastic.”

“The people around here are fantastic,” he said.

“I’ve been in the valley for a long time since we came from overseas but this has just blown me away.”

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