Search for Missing Boy in Outback Ends in Tragedy

Blanche Robertson
November 8, 2018

"A formal identification of the child is yet to be undertaken and as such, police are unable to confirm it is the body of the 12-year-old boy believed to be a passenger in the vehicle and reported missing late last night", police said in a statement.

But police say it is possible, based on information from other family members, that a 12-year-old boy was also a passenger in the vehicle.

Earlier, police confirmed a man and woman, both aged 19, and a three-year-old boy were found dead about 4.5 kilometres from their broken down vehicle.

A formal identification is yet to be undertaken to confirm if the body is that of the boy, who was believed to have been a passenger in the vehicle.

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. They said the three people may have died from exposure a couple of days ago and not as a result of the crash.

The search was set to continue until police were able to completely rule out that there weren't other people in the vehicle.

"At this point, we hold grave concerns for the welfare of this child", superintendent Jody Nobbs told reporters Thursday.

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Their deaths are not considered suspicious.

"This is a tragic situation and our thoughts remain with the families affected by this incident".

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

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

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

Police are appealing to members within those communities to contact police immediately on 131 444 should they locate or have information on the child's whereabouts.

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