Friday, 16 November, 2018

Outback mystery: Boy missing as three found dead

The outback town is located about 300km northwest of Alice Springs. Source Google MapsMore The outback town is located about 300km northwest of Alice Springs. Source Google MapsMore
Pablo Mccormick | 08 November, 2018, 21:41

Police searching for a missing 12-year-old boy in remote Central Australia have found the body of a child.

The bodies of two adults, both 19, and their three-year-old son were found late on Wednesday on a remote road near Willowra, about 300 kilometres north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

"Police can confirm, the body of the child was located 120 metres from the family found dead on Jarra Jarra Road yesterday", NT Police said in a statement.

The bodies of a man and a woman, both aged 19, and their three-year-old son were found 4.5km away from their broken-down auto on Wednesday.

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It is believed the group may have died from exposure after leaving their broken down vehicle and not in a auto crash as was initially reported.

Southern Desert Division Superintendent Jody Nobbs said police were yet to rule out that there may have been more passengers.

Superintendent Nobbs has said earlier that the four occupants of the vehicle were seen leaving Willowra on November 2 and were bound for nearby Yarra Yarra. The three bodies were found about 4.5km from the vehicle.

Duty Superintendent Shaun Gil told ABC Radio on Thursday investigators originally thought the incident was the result of a vehicle crash, but then realised that was not the case.

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"One of the avenues we are looking at is that they have walked off from a vehicle in extreme weather and may have got caught out", Supt Shaun Gill told the ABC.

Family members have not authorised the release of the child's name, however have advised Police that members in the surrounding communities of Ali Curung, Ti Tree and Willowra are aware of his particulars.

"He will be a critical part of the investigation".

This morning, police said a 12-year-old boy, who they believed was with the group, was not found among the dead.

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Police urged anyone with information about the child's whereabouts to contact them immediately.

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