Desperate search for four-year-old boy who wandered away from his home near ...

Desperate search for four-year-old boy who wandered away from his home with the neighbour's dog wearing gumboots more than 16 hours ago Axel wandered off from his home and was reported missing at 3pm on Tuesday Search crews with up to 100 volunteers scoured the area through the night Axel had been with a white dog at the time which returned to its owner alone Police confirmed the little boy was found safe and well on Wednesday morning 

By Eliza Mcphee For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 01:12 BST, 5 May 2021 | Updated: 01:12 BST, 5 May 2021

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A desperate search was launched to find a four-year-old New Zealand boy who had been missing for close to 24 hours.

Up to 100 volunteers scoured the area when little Axel was reported missing at 3pm on Tuesday after disappearing from his home near Tolaga Bay on the country's north-east coast.

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A massive search effort including police, drones, a rescue helicopter and a local rugby team worked tirelessly to find the lost little boy.

The search was called off at 11pm on Tuesday night before resuming on Wednesday morning.

Four-year-old boy Axel was reported missing from his home near Tolaga Bay, New Zealand, at 3pm on Tuesday. Up to 100 volunteers scoured the area trying to find the little boy

Four-year-old boy Axel was reported missing from his home near Tolaga Bay, New Zealand, at 3pm on Tuesday. Up to 100 volunteers scoured the area trying to find the little boy

Axel wandered off with a neighbour's dog he was playing with, which returned to its owner alone an hour after the boy was reported missing.

The dog's owner said it took hours of him calling for the pet to return home - when he usually comes back straight away.

'There's no way he couldn't hear

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