The distraught mother of two-year-old Ruben Scott who was found dead in a dam near the family’s home on Friday has posted a heartbreaking tribute to her son.
Natasha Scott shared two pictures of her son in an emotional Facebook post on Friday evening, writing: “These are the very last photos and memories I’ll ever have of you my son. I love you so incredibly much and I’ll always have you in my heart.
“I never ever thought I’d have to make a status like this in my entire life, but this is what it’s came to and I have to come to the realisation that you’ll never be in my arms again. The love I have for you is completely unconditional and always will be.
“I hope you’ll be watching over me up there, I’ll forever need your guidance. Fly high my son, I love you to the moon and back. I wish I could’ve outlived you. You’ll be my forever and always.”
Queensland Police confirmed the sad news just before 5pm on Friday, revealing the body, believed to be the missing toddler, was found in a large dam near the family’s Koolatah Station homestead, on the western side of Cape York Peninsula.
“Our thoughts go out to Ruben’s family, friends and the communities of Maramie and Kowanyama, as well as everyone involved in the search during this difficult time,” a police spokesperson said.
Chief Superintendent of Queensland Police Brian Huxley also expressed his condolences to the family and his gratitude for all involved in the search.
Just hours before police confirmed the discovery of a body, Ruben’s heartbroken grandfather Noel Scott spoke publicly in an emotional interview.
Wiping away tears, the grandad revealed the family were still holding onto hope that the search teams would locate the toddler but said they were prepared for a terrible outcome, as well as thanking police and those involved in the search for their efforts over the past three days.
“Preparing for the worst at the moment,” a heartbroken Noel said. “Hopefully we can find Ruben today.”
Prior to his emotional interview, Cape Patrol Inspector Mark Henderson had spoken to the family to inform them that the youngster was unlikely to have survived.