Family of missing teenager 'distraught' as search ramps up
More than 150 local volunteers have joined a large search for autistic teenager Leif Courtney who is missing from the NSW Central Coast area.
More than 150 local volunteers have joined a full-scale search for an autistic teenager missing from the New South Wales Central Coast area.
Leif Courtney, 13, is described as being non-verbal but may respond to noise.
"He likes apples, his favourite song is Fireflies and (he) loves chickens," Acting Supt Kylie Phillips said.
"Yell out apples. His family have advised he likes apples and that is something that is known."
Police said they are using "all available resources" to find the teen, including members from Rural Fire Service, SES, sniffer dogs and a rescue helicopter to find the boy.
"He doesn't communicate very well. He could be literally anywhere so we're just going to get as many eyes out there as we can and hopefully find him," local volunteer Kelly Mussett told 9News.
The search will encompass Mooney Mooney, Kangaroo Point and Brooklyn, with police currently searching nearby tunnels, caves and re-canvassing earlier search areas.
Train lines between Gosford to Cowan have been suspended in case he is on the tracks.
"The family are obviously very distraught but appreciate all the community assistance," Ms Phillips said.
Leif was last seen at his home on The Pacific Highway, at Mooney Mooney, in the Brisbane Water area, at 7.30pm yesterday.
Ms Phillips said there were "serious concerns" due to his medical condition and age.
"It is understandable the family are besides themselves," she said.
"Please keep an eye out."
Leif's mother has also urged people to call him 'Leify', and to say "It's sleepy time, head on your pillow, clean your teeth".
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He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 160cm tall with a slim build.
Leif has shaggy blond hair, and a fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a grey singlet and shorts, and sneakers with fluorescent green laces.
Anyone with information is urged to call 000 or Crime Stoppers.