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A massive search operation began on Monday when a 21-month-old toddler was reported missing. The toddler disappeared in a remote area of Tuscany in Italy.

The parents of the missing toddler told local media that they put their two sons to bed on Monday evening. A few hours later, they discovered their son, Nicola's, bed empty.

The Guardian reports that the search operation launched to find the boy included a helicopter and about 1,000 people, including police, fire and alpine rescuers. Divers were tasked to search for the toddler in a nearby artificial lake.

Several journalists went to the area to cover the story. While one of them, Giuseppe Di Tommaso, was on his way home after gathering his notes, he heard groans and noises while walking back to his car.

The toddler was found by Di Tommaso several kilometres from his home in the rural farming community surrounding the family's home.

It is unknown how the toddler got out of his home, ending up on his own so far away from his house.

Watch the RTE News video below for more on the toddler's disappearance.

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