A major police search is underway for Mikaeel Kular, a three-year-old boy who has gone missing from his home in Ferry Gait, Edinburgh.

The toddler was last seen going to bed at his home address in at around 9pm yesterday, but when his family awoke this morning, he was not in the property.

Police said they have a large police presence in the area, and the Air Support Unit is involved in the search.

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Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular who was last seen going to bed around 9pm on Wednesday.

They asked anyone who believes they have seen Mikaeel last night or this morning to contact police immediately.

The little boy is described as 3ft tall and possibly wearing a beige hooded jacket, brown shoes and nightwear.


Chief Inspector Sara Buchanan said: "We have currently got a large police presence within the Drylaw area as we conduct our inquiries to trace Mikaeel .

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Superintendent Liz McAinsh appeals for information at Fettes Police Station in Edinburgh after three-year-old Mikaeel Kular.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing a young boy matching his description since yesterday evening to contact police immediately.

"As part of our investigation we are also trying to determine how the child has left his home and anyone with information that can assist with these inquiries is also asked to get in touch."

Officers said it was the boy's mother who discovered he was missing.

The police helicopter, along with coastguard teams and lifeboats, are involved in the search.

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  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Members of the public assist the police with the search in the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock wednesday night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    A Coastguard officer searches the shoreline near Crammond, after three-year-old Mikaeel Kular went missing from his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh.

  • Mikaeel Kular missing

    Coastguard officers search the shoreline near Crammond, after three-year-old Mikaeel Kular went missing from his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh.

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    Volunteers help in the search for missing three year old Mikaeel Kular in the Granton area of Edinburgh.

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    Volunteers help in the search for missing three year old Mikaeel Kular in the Granton area of Edinburgh.

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Members of the coastgaurd search the coastline near Cramond for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Members of the coastgaurd search the coastline near Cramond for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Mountain Rescue teams search local gardens for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Members of a Mountain Rescue team prepare to search local gardens for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Members of the public assist the police with the search in the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock wednesday night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Members of fire and rescue join the public assist the police with the search in the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock wednesday night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Members of fire and rescue join the public assist the police with the search in the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock wednesday night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Members of the public gather at Pilton community centre to assist the police with the search in the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock wednesday night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Members of the public assist the police with the search in the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock wednesday night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Members of the public assist the police with the search in the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock wednesday night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Members of the public assist the police with the search in the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock wednesday night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Police on horses search the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Members of the public gather at Pilton community centre to assist the police with the search in the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock wednesday night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Police on horses search the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 17, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Forensic police work in the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: A helicopter flies over the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood in search of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Forensic police work in the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: A police officer and a dog searches the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Forensic police work in the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: A police officer searches the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: A police officer searches the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: A police officer searches the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood of Mikaeel Kular, 3, near his home on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Cars are parked outside the home of missing child Mikaeel Kular, 3, as police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Cars are parked outside the home of missing child Mikaeel Kular, 3, as police officers search the Ferry Gait Crescent neighborhood on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three year old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Missing three-year-old boy in Edinburgh

    Police on Ferry Gait Crescent where three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has gone missing from his home.

  • Missing three-year-old boy in Edinburgh

    Police on Ferry Gait Crescent where three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has gone missing from his home.

  • Missing three-year-old boy in Edinburgh

    Police on Ferry Gait Crescent where three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has gone missing from his home.

  • Missing three-year-old boy in Edinburgh

    Police on Ferry Gait Crescent where three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has gone missing from his home.

  • Missing three-year-old boy in Edinburgh

    Superintendent Liz McAinsh appeals for information at Fettes Police Station in Edinburgh after three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has gone missing from his home.

  • Missing three-year-old boy in Edinburgh

    Superintendent Liz McAinsh appeals for information at Fettes Police Station in Edinburgh after three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has gone missing from his home.

  • Missing three-year-old boy in Edinburgh

    Superintendent Liz McAinsh appeals for information at Fettes Police Station in Edinburgh after three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has gone missing from his home.

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police tape cordons off the home of missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police tape cordons off the home of missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

  • Three-Year-Old Boy Missing From His Home In Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: Police tape cordons off the home of missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular on January 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was last seen at nine o'clock last night when he went to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh. Police are searching the local area and have appealed for any information. (Photo by Chris Watt/Getty Images)

Anyone who sees the boy is asked to make sure he is safe and contact police immediately.

He is described as 3ft, of Asian appearance and possibly wearing a beige hooded jacket, blue jogging bottoms, brown Clarks shoes and nightwear.

Police Scotland Superintendent Liz McAinsh said: ''It was his mum who has reported he was missing to us - she is obviously distraught. He has a wee three-year-old twin sister, so his wee twin is obviously going to be very concerned about where he is.

''It must be awful. As a mother myself I just can't imagine how I would feel if my wee boy went missing.

''Clearly, as everybody out there will be able to relate to, his mother is distraught and she's trying to give us all the information she can to help us in our inquiry.

''We are providing her with all the support that we can through that experience and just trying as best we can with all the resources we have at our disposal to find him safe and well.''

An Edinburgh City Council spokesman said: "Police have been in touch with the nursery and staff are liaising with them."

Police earlier detained a man in the city's Waterfront Gait but said it was unconnected with the boy's disappearance.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.