Search for young boy after family found dead in Australian outback

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 8, 2018

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

"Although police have no information that suggests there were other passengers in the auto, we will continue a precautionary land and air search until we are satisfied that all areas of interest have been sufficiently canvassed", Southern Desert Division Superintendent Jody Nobbs said.

The bodies of two adults and a child were found late on Wednesday near Willowra, about 300 kilometres northwest of Alice Springs.

Northern Territory Police and Emergency Services are doing land and air searches of the Willowra area, 300km northwest of Alice Springs, after the group was found dead near their broken down vehicle yesterday.

Their vehicle was about 70km from Willowra and was last seen leaving the township on Friday bound for Yarra Yarra.

Remnants of food and water were found in the auto.

'One of the avenues of inquiry that we're looking at is if people walked away from a broken down vehicle and may have suffered as result of that, ' duty superintendent Shaun GIll said.

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.

The missing child's name has not been released, but the neighbouring communities have been made aware of who he is so they can help in the search.

Police said the alarm had been raised by a man who entered a health clinic in Willowra on Wednesday.

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

Southern Desert Division Superintendent Jody Nobbs said the possibility there were more passengers in the vehicle has not been ruled out. "He's quite distraught about what he's found", he said.

Police are calling on anyone with information to contact them immediately on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

The ABC reported that the three people may have died from exposure.

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