2 boys aged 11 reported missing for over a day have been found

Javier (left) and Axel, both 11, went missing for more than a day before being found in Yishun.
Javier (left) and Axel, both 11, went missing for more than a day before being found in Yishun.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - Two 11-year-old boys, believed to be classmates, were found on Friday night more than a day after reportedly going missing.

Javier Teo Ren Jie and Axel Lim Jun Wei were found at 9.45pm in Yishun, the police said in an update. "Both boys are safe and well, and are not victims of crime," said the police, thanking the public for providing valuable information.

The police had sent out an appeal for information on the boys earlier on Friday.

In their appeal, the police said that Javier was last seen at Block 273D, Compassvale Link, at about 7.10am on Thursday, while Axel was last seen at a shopping mall in Rivervale Drive at about 7.30pm the same day.

The Straits Times understands that the boys had planned on running away.

A Facebook post that went viral but has since been made unavailable said that Javier went missing since 3pm on Thursday and was last seen at Park Green condominium with his classmate Axel.

The post went viral, with more than 5,000 shares in a day and several Facebook pages sharing the post in a bid to help locate the boys, before being taken down.

When ST contacted Javier's father, he said he was busy driving around looking for the boys and declined comment.

Anyone with information is requested to call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. All information will be treated as strictly confidential, said the police.