Woman arrested as police search for missing boy, 5, along Murray River

At 10pm Thursday, as the search continued, a 27-year-old female relative of the children handed herself in to police at Echuca.

ABC News understands the dog that bit the boy was reacting to what was happening in the water and was not a family pet.

She's now assisting detectives and NSW Police are expected to apply for her extradition.

"This has sent shockwaves, you've got a boy being operated [on] in Melbourne for dog bites and five-year-old missing, you've got to hope for a miracle but it's not looking too promising at the moment", she said.

The gate warning of a unsafe dog. A NSW police spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm whether the woman would be charged.

Last night Deniliquin Police took to Facebook to issue a public appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of a woman and her two children believed to be in the Moama area, the Riverine Herald reports.

EARLIER: A five-year-old boy is missing in the Murray River and a nine-year-old boy has been hospitalised with serious dog bite injuries overnight.

Police were also told a five-year-old was missing in the Murray and the search began.

Victoria Police divers are due at the Murray River by 9am to continue searching for the boy after initial attempts to find him last night failed.

He was rushed to hospital in Echuca before being transferred to Melbourne for further treatment.

NSW police were coordinating the search with their Victorian counterparts providing air support and search and rescue teams.

Our Air Wing was doing searches from the air last night and our Search and Rescue Squad is attending this morning.

  • Leroy Wright