Victoria police asked locals to help him get him out of jail by playing music from the “Thomas the Tank Engine” show and leaving food and water for him.
Gibbs told 9News that he was very familiar with the terrain and found the boy after walking a little farther past the search area scanned by rescue crews.
“He was about 15 meters away from me, I was just standing there,” Gibbs said at the station. “He was really angelic, just standing and watching.”
Gibbs said Will didn’t wear shoes, so he put on some socks. He also gave the boy some chocolate and talked to him about Thomas the Tank Engine.
Will reunited with his parents and was taken to a tent where he was treated by paramedics. He was later taken to hospital, where an official said he was doing relatively well and should be able to return home by Wednesday night.
Penny Kaladjan thanked everyone for their help in finding their son. She told reporters that Will was “quite calm” given the situation, but that he was also communicating. “He’s confused and scared.”
“I can’t imagine what he’s going through,” she said. “I’m just so grateful and so relieved. He’s just a very special person.”
CNN’s Carly Walsh contributed to this report.