Beau O'Leary nestles his head into his mum's shoulder, giggling.
"I didn't go missing mum, I just played video games," the 4-year-old says, oblivious to the turmoil he caused 24 hours earlier.
It was 2.50pm on Wednesday when Beau set off on a routine walk to collect macadamia nuts from a tree on a neighbouring property 130m from his house.
Ten minutes later, when he hadn't returned, things turned frantic.
More than a dozen police officers and dogs, and many more members of the public started looking for Beau as darkness descended on the small coastal Hawke's Bay community of