Sleeping Swansea boy Jenson Lorey sparks police hunt

Lorey family
Jenson's family say not even the sound of the police sirens woke him, adding: "We don't think he will go under that bean bag again" Photo: Athena Picture Agency

A five-year-old boy who sparked a massive police hunt when he went missing was later found safe - sleeping under a bean bag in his Swansea home.

Jenson Lorey was at the centre of a twelve-officer search operation, which included sniffer dogs and a helicopter, when his family could not find him.

But less than two hours later his six-year-old sister Sienna lifted an oversized red bean bag in the living room - and discovered her little brother curled up fast asleep underneath.

I was out of my mind by then. We were fearing the worst. But my daughter moved our big red bean bag and there he was - fast asleep underneath it. Jenson just looked peaceful but I was screaming with happiness. We were hugging him but he was completely unaware of what was going on.

– Jenson's mother, Samantha

Parents Samantha and Andrew described how they called police when Jenson went missing from the family home in Penlan at around 8.15pm on Monday.

Samantha, 28, said: "I was at the gym with my friend and I came home to realised no-one had seen Jenson for 20 minutes.

"Andrew said he was in the kitchen and when he came out, Jenson was gone.

"I started screaming and running around the street - I thought the worst had happened."

Police searched everywhere, including the attic, before Jenson was discovered 90 minutes later sleeping soundly.

Andrew, 29, said it was 'the worst time you can imagine as a parent' but has praised members of the local community for their swift response.

Everyone who knew us was out looking but even people who didn't know us were looking too. The bus drivers were using their radios, and the taxi drivers were all looking. It was just incredible. The support we had was phenomenal.

– Jenson's father, Andrew

Inspector Phil Thomas, of South Wales Police, led the search for Jenson.

He said: "It just goes to show how strong the community spirit can be when faced with situations like this. We had a lot of resources and everybody in the area to help out. I'm just glad the little boy was found."

Jenson's disappearance remains something of a mystery to his family, however.

Samantha said: "He cannot have been under the bean bag all that time because it was moved several times. All we know is that was sleeping soundly when we found him."

Andrew added: "Not even the sound of the sirens woke him up. I don't think he will go under that bean bag again."