BENGALURU: WhatsApp turned saviour for a missing five-year-old boy on Sunday. A BMTC bus conductor and Talaghattapura police took to the instant messaging service and managed to trace the child’s parents within hours of him being found in south Bengaluru. Puttaraju RC, a conductor, noticed the boy in his bus which was headed towards KS Layout; the child was unable to find his parents. Puttaraju suspected the boy’s parents might have deboarded at some bus stop and brought the boy to Talaghattapura police station. “The boy was brought to the station at 2pm. He identified himself as Rahul and his parents as Rudresh and Nethra. He, however, failed to reveal his parents’ phone number or any other details. We gave him snacks and milk and took his picture on my phone. We circulated the photo in all our WhatsApp groups,” a police officer said. Talaghattapura police also flashed the information to the police control room. Soon, WhatsApp messages about the boy flooded police and public groups. Meanwhile, Nethra Bai, a resident of Ganapatipura near KS Layout, noticed that her son was missing. She informed her husband Rudra Naik, an autorickshaw driver. The couple searched for the boy in their area and later rushed to KS Layout police station to file a missing person case. KS Layout police, who were already aware about Rahul through WhatsApp groups, showed the boy’s photo to the couple, who confirmed that he was their son. Cops suggested they visit Talaghattapura police station. Rudhra and Nethra along with their relatives reached Talaghattapura station by 5pm. “We conducted a small inquiry to confirm that the boy was indeed their son. We handed Rahul over to his parents by 6.45pm,” said police. As per preliminary probe, Rahul stepped out of his residence to play and later boarded the BMTC bus near his house.