UPDATE: A 13-year-old boy who went missing in the Port Stephens area has been found safe and well in the Blue Mountains.

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenager missing in the Port Stephens area.

Darshan Sigel, aged 13, was travelling from Sydney to the north coast with his mother, when they stopped in a carpark at the intersection of Pacific Highway and Masonite Road, Heatherbrae, for a rest.

Police were notified just after 10.30pm (Tuesday 9 June 2020), after Darshan, who has Autism, walked off and failed to return.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended; however, despite an extensive search of the area with the assistance of the Dog Unit, police have been unable to locate him. Further resources are attending to assist with the search.

Darshan is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm tall, with a thin build, and sandy blonde hair.

He was last seen wearing a pink hooded jumper covered by a black jacket, black pants, and yellow shoes.

Anyone who sights Darshan or has information about his whereabouts, is urged to contact Triple Zero (000) or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.