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Boy who escaped from his family’s motel room in his Harry Potter pyjamas is found ‘safe and well’

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A two-year-old boy who escaped from his family’s motel room has been found ‘safe and well’ after a frantic search.   

The toddler, Albert, was reported missing to Western Australian police at 4.30am local time on Tuesday.

He left the Stay Margaret River motel, 277km south of Perth, wearing a maroon Harry Potter pyjama set and was found after a search through the surrounding area. 

Two-year-old Albert (pictured) was reported missing to Western Australian Police at 4.30am on Tuesday after leaving his family's motel room in his Harry Potter pyjamas

Two-year-old Albert (pictured) was reported missing to Western Australian Police at 4.30am on Tuesday after leaving his family’s motel room in his Harry Potter pyjamas 

WA Police said Albert was found 'nearby to his accommodation' after a frantic search through Wallcliffe Road and the surroundings of the Stay Margaret River motel (google view pictured)

WA Police said Albert was found ‘nearby to his accommodation’ after a frantic search through Wallcliffe Road and the surroundings of the Stay Margaret River motel (google view pictured)

The search effort focused on looking for Albert close to the motel on Wallcliffe Road.  

WA Police confirmed just after 8.00am that Albert had been found ‘nearby to his accommodation’. 

‘We are very pleased to report that we have located Albert safe and well and he is now back with his mother,’ the statement read.  

A woman from Perth also staying at the hotel, Rachel, was one of the first people to spot Albert amid the frantic search.   

‘We went for a walk, about 10 minutes from where we were staying … we could just see him standing on the verandah of a property,’ she told ABC News

‘We didn’t actually go up close but he looked fine, probably a wee bit cold because it’s freezing this morning, but yeah he looked alright.’ 

Albert has been taken to Margaret River Hospital for a precautionary check up. 

WA Police thanked the local community for their quick response in coming to Albert’s aid. 

‘A large number of resources from across the South West were quickly mobilised and committed to finding Albert and the community support was, as always, outstanding.’    

Albert wandered out of the motel room wearing a maroon shirt with Harry Potter insignia on it (similar pyjamas pictured)

Albert wandered out of the motel room wearing a maroon shirt with Harry Potter insignia on it (similar pyjamas pictured)

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