Body of Lost Queensland Toddler Ruben Scott Found in Dam

June 7, 2019Australia
Body of Lost Queensland Toddler Ruben Scott Found in Dam
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A toddler has been found dead in a dam near his family’s homestead, days after wandering off on their vast remote Queensland cattle station.

Ruben Scott’s body was found by divers in the dam 100 metres from his home on Koolatah Station on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula on Friday afternoon.

Ruben had been last seen by his mother Natasha Scott at 5.44pm on Tuesday, June 4, sparking a frantic race against time to find the little boy.

His family, police officers, SES crews and people from neighbouring properties searched for the boy on foot, horseback and motorbike.

Seven helicopters and heat-seeking drones crisscrossed the 170,000sq km station.

Divers searched the waterways, which are known crocodile habitats.

Late on Thursday, June 6, police told the toddler’s family too much time had passed for the two-year-old to have survived.

On Friday, June 7, Cape Patrol Inspector Mark Henderson vowed searchers would not give up looking for Ruben to give closure to his family.

Ruben’s heartbroken grandfather Noel Scott said on Friday morning they were preparing for the worst.

Hours later, Ruben’s body was found.

The property backs onto a lagoon and the Mitchell River, east of Kowanyama, on the western side of Cape York Peninsula.

Insp Henderson and Scott both thanked the volunteers and emergency personnel who joined the search.

News of Ruben’s death sparked an outpouring of condolences for the little boy’s family on his mum’s Facebook page.

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