A WAGGA mother was told her missing child had been “raped and dumped in the bushes” during a sickening phone call hoax on Easter Monday.
Lisa Moellers spent seven hours desperately searching Glenfield Park for her son Mason Stuart, 9, when an anonymous “creep” sent her into a state of hysteria.
“They said my beautiful boy had been raped and found in a field,” she said.
Ms Moellers wailed as her “heart plunged deep into her stomach”.
Her worst fear – that her “naive angel” had been bundled into a car and abducted – had seemingly become a reality.
“It was easily one of the worst feelings of my life,” Ms Moellers said.
“I have never felt so sick, worried and helpless before.”
Fortunately for the family, the phone call turned out to be a disturbing ruse.
Young Mason returned home one hour later to the relief of the entire Wagga community.
However, it is a moment his mum will never forget.
“It’s the most disgusting thing anybody could ever do to a mother,” Ms Moellers said.
“I’ve informed the police and I will be taking this way further.
“Anybody who can do something like this is a dangerous person.”
Police held grave concerns for the young boy’s welfare after an unsuccessful canvas of the suburb.
Forensic police will attempt to trace the identity of the hoax caller in the coming days.
It comes after reports a man allegedly grabbed a 10-year-old girl by the arm and offered her a lift in Turvey Park last month.
Mason was reunited with his mother at about 5.30pm after he found his way back to their Balleroo Crescent home.
Under telecommunications law, police must request the identify of the caller through Ms Moellers’ service provider.
Police could not yet confirm whether they would lodge a request for phone records.
It is believed Ms Moellers posted her mobile number online in a bid for help – meaning the perpetrator could be unknown to the mother-of-two.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 666 or Wagga police on 6922 2599.