A 12-year-old boy allegedly kidnapped from near his Gold Coast home by a man involved in a financial dispute with his family has been reunited with his loved ones in NSW.
Queensland Police say a 53-year-old man who abducted the boy from outside his Mudgeeraba home on Friday afternoon will be charged with “kidnapping for ransom”.
The boy was found in Grafton in northern NSW on Saturday following a tip-off from a member of the public who recognised the dark blue Jeep SUV involved from a police appeal.
He had slight scratches “consistent with being bound”, Detective Inspector Marc Hogan told reporters in Burleigh Heads.
He didn’t suffer any serious injuries but was taken to Grafton Base Hospital for a check-up before being reunited with his family, who made the 200-kilometre journey south on Saturday evening accompanied by Queensland detectives.
The 53-year-old is expected to briefly appear in Grafton court on Sunday but Queensland Police won’t formally apply for his extradition in front of a magistrate until Monday.