Australian police will continue to investigate the circumstances of the abrupt disappearance of 3-year-old Anthony “AJ” Elfalak, who was rescued in a rural area in New South Wales earlier on Monday.
Though the possibility of the toddler wandering off into the woods remains on the table, police are also considering the possibility of an abduction, according to Australia’s 7News.
Curiously, during the 4-day search that started when AJ went missing on Friday, it was revealed that four hours of CCTV footage at the time the boy disappeared had somehow gotten lost.
“I don’t understand what has happened with some footage, however, it is subsequently part of our inquiries,” Superintendent Tracy Chapman told reporters on Monday afternoon.
Another matter that police are looking into is why aerial thermal imaging had not seen AJ close to home for three days before he was finally spotted half a kilometer away from his house, according to 7News.
While there are still no answers, Superintendent Chapman stated following the rescue that the investigation would continue in order “to try to understand what has occurred over the past three days.”
AJ was spotted by a helicopter on Monday for the first time since his disappearance. He had been sitting in a puddle, drinking water from a creek bed when he was located and rescued shortly afterward.