Young boy reported missing from his home was playing “the greatest game of hide and seek ever”.

A five-year-old boy has been reunited with his parents after being reported missing from his home north of Perth, just before 6pm on Monday.

His parents told police they had searched everywhere but were unable to find him. He was playing “the greatest game of hide and seek ever”, police have said, reports ABC NEWS.

Police said they received a report about an hour later that a boy was being held by security at the Midland Gate Shopping Centre, 25 kilometres from his home.

Officers said the boy was playing hide and seek with a sibling and thought the car would be “an excellent hiding place”.

However, his mother, unaware that he was hiding in the car, took the vehicle into Midland to watch a movie with a friend.

Police said a passerby noticed the boy in the back of the locked car while his mother was in the movie and called security who took him into custody.

The father then notified the mother that the boy was missing and she left the movie and drove home to help search for him, unaware that he was in the shopping centre.

Police said “the greatest game of hide and seek ever” came to an end a short time later when the boy was reunited with his parents.

Oh gosh what an adventure! Do you have out of bounds areas for the kids when they are playing, so you can prevent these sort of incidents? 

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  • how did the mother leave the movie and not notice that her window had been smashed so that they could get the child out? or was it simply unlocked?


  • Kids can find the darndest places to hide and think nothing of it. Glad it his parents car and that he is safe now.


  • Oh goodness, glad everything is ok.


  • Glad that all ended well in the end.


  • So glad this story ended well, it could have ended very sadly. Thank goodness the little one was found safe and sound.


  • There’s just something a little weird about this story. Glad the little boy was safe though.


  • How frightening for child and parents !!
    Glad this story ended all good !


  • Why did not someone stay with the car waiting for the return of the parent? Police should have been notified and they should have done a rego check?
    Any how so glad it all ended well although the poor parents must have been out of their minds with worry.


  • One very good reason to keep your cars locked and alarmed even if they are in a locked garage or carport. A nightmare for both parents, more so the Mother the fact that he hid in the car she drove. Calm explanation time to both Security and the child would have been very difficult.


  • The poor mum must of been so worried!


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