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An urgent search is underway for an autistic teenager missing from the New South Wales Central Coast area.

Leif Courtney, 13, is described as being non-verbal but may respond to noise.

He was last seen at his home on The Pacific Highway, at Mooney Mooney, in the Brisbane Water area, at 7.30pm yesterday.

Leif’s mother has urged people to call him ‘Leify’, and to say “It’s sleepy time, head on your pillow, clean your teeth”.

Leif is pronounced as “Layfe”.Police have concerns for the boy’s welfare due to his medical condition and age.

Overnight a search involving Brisbane Water Police District, Marine Area Command and members of the community failed to find any trace of the teenager.

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