TWO suspected sightings of the missing Brady brothers Jayden and Joseph at Beenleigh and Coolangatta proved to be false alarms yesterday.
Tweed Heads police Inspector Darren Steel said while the phone rang constantly with information about sightings of the brothers around NSW and Queensland, police believed they were still around the Byron Bay area.
A search of the Tallow Beach area involving QLD Polair, police, SES and VRA on Wednesday uncovered makeshift campsites in bushland where police believe the brothers and their father may have been staying.
The Queensland Polair helicopter continued to search until 8.20pm on Wednesday.
Insp Steel said police were unsure of the boy's background and whether they had been trained in survival skills, or to live off the land.
Jayden, 14, and Joseph, 11, were removed from their mother's Tweed Heads home in the early hours of Sunday morning by their father Daniel, police believe.
In taking the children, police have said Daniel Brady breached an apprehended violence order.
Acting Superintendent Shane Cribb said when one of the brothers was spotted during Wednesday's search he yelled "run" and fled into bushland.
"Police along with assistance from SES, VRA and QLD Polair continued to search the bushland until nightfall without success," he said.
"The area in question was very large and in some case virtually impossible for the searchers to get through due to the density, swamps, and lantana."
Anyone with any information on Daniel, Jayden or Joseph Brady can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.