A teenager who went missing from Sydney has been found alive after surviving alone in the wilderness.
18-year-old Matthew Allen disappeared in November and despite a full police search, no trace of him could be found. His family were overjoyed when he turned up alive more than nine weeks after he first went missing, completely exhausted having survived the harsh Australian bush alone and unaided the entire time. His miraculous survival is being hailed as remarkable.
"He was completely exhausted, completely dehydrated, suffered significant weight loss, somewhere up to 50 per cent," said police inspector Glyn Baker. "He was suffering from partial blindness and he had leeches all over him. He was not living under any shelter and was exposed to the full conditions since reported being missing."
"Matthew Allen's family feared the worst after the 18-year-old disappeared in late November from Westleigh, near Cherrybrook in northwest Sydney and his mobile phone and bank accounts went untouched."
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