Missing Strathfieldsaye boy Brandan Norton found safe

UPDATE 1.17PM: 

CHANNEL Nine news have reported a neighbour found Brandan Norton kicking a ball on the wall of a tennis court about 11am. 

UPDATE 12.58PM: 

POLICE found Brandan Norton in the yard of a property close to his home. 

He is being reunited with his family. 

UPDATE 12.24PM: 

MISSING teenager Brandan Norton has been found safe.

UPDATE 11.35AM: 

A HELICOPTER and 12 SES members have joined 15 police in the search for missing Strathfieldsaye teenager Brandan Norton. 

Bendigo police Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Morris said crews were combing the area around the property in Sullivans Road where the teenager went missing.

He said police were notified of the boy's disappearance about 11.30pm on Tuesday and conducted a search of the area.

He said additional resources were brought in to continue the search on Wednesday morning. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Morris said Brandan had wandered from his home in the past. 

"He has been known to do this in the past and known to walk quite some distance," he said.  

"In the past he has made his way all the way into Bendigo - that’s quite a walk. 

"There is nothing to indicate at this stage that this has happened on this occasion (but) he is capable of walking some distance.

"(Our) concern is to find him before he is gone too long." 

Detective Senior Sergeant Morris said there had been no reported sightings of the teenager and people should contact the Bendigo Police Station on 5448 1300 if they see Brandan. 

"He does suffer from autism," he said. 

"So we are hoping that anyone who comes across him and speaks to him would be able to recognise him and notify the police at Bendigo."

UPDATE 11.08AM:

POLICE have released a photo of missing teenager Brandan Norton. 

UPDATE 9.48AM: 

POLICE are continuing to search for a Strathfieldsaye teenager who went missing overnight. 

A Victoria police media spokeswoman said she was unsure if a helicopter would aid the search. 

Figures from the Bureau of Meteorology show the temperature dropped to 5.8 degrees in Bendigo last night. 

EARLIER: 

POLICE are appealing for help after a 14-year-old autistic boy went missing near Bendigo overnight.  

Brandan Norton was last seen at his Sullivans Road home in Strathfieldsaye about 5.30pm on Tuesday. 

Police are currently searching through bushland around the area to locate the teenager. 

It's not known how many police are involved in the search, but officers will escalate the search if the youth can't be found as the morning progresses. 

Police from several units are door-knocking homes in the area.

Sullivans Road has several forested areas to its north and there are several dams in the area. 

Specialist resources, including the Dog Squad, have been deployed. 

The teenager is described as Caucasian, 155cm tall, has slim build and short brown hair. 

He was wearing black tracksuit pants, a Western Bulldogs jacket and possibly gumboots. 

Anyone who sees a teenager fitting the description is urged to call 000 immediately. 

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