UPDATE: A WAGGA mother has felt an overwhelming sense of relief after being reunited with her missing nine-year-old son on Easter Monday.
Mason Stuart returned home to his family following a seven hour search in Glenfield Park that put the entire community on high alert.
His mother Lisa Moellers earlier that day delivered an impassioned plea to The Daily Advertiser to help locate Mason amid fears he could have been snatched.
Mason was last seen in Balleroo Crescent about 10.30am on Easter Monday when he told Ms Moellers he was going for a quick scooter ride.
When Mason disappeared, his entire family feared the worst.
Police held concerns for his welfare after a search of the nearby neighbourhood did not yield results.
Ms Moellers spent the entire day scouring Wagga in search of her son.
When he was found about 5pm on Monday, she was ecstatic.
“We really are so thankful he has been found,” she said.
“He’d usually go for quick scooter rides and come back home.
“He’s very naive so we’re worried that he may have gotten into the car with somebody.
“He has never been gone that long before.”
She wanted to thank police and members of the community for doing their part to ensure Mason’s safety.
At the time of his disappearance, he was last seen wearing a black jumper and tracksuit pants with his scooter, a black helmet and a multicoloured backpack.
It is believed this information helped in locating Mason.
Anybody with information relating to missing persons is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 666 or Wagga police on 6922 2599.