Outback mystery: Boy missing as three found dead

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

Police said the child's body was located 120 metres away from a family of three who were found dead yesterday near an abandoned auto on the outskirts of the community of Willowra, 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs.

The body of a 12-year-old boy has been found after a desperate search in a remote part of the Outback.

"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", NT Police said in a statement.

It was discovered only 120 metres from where three family members were found dead near their broken-down vehicle on Wednesday near Willowra, about 300km northwest of Alice Springs.

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 vehicle.

"Initially we thought it was the result of a auto crash, however we are confident it's not".

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

The family were last seen leaving Willowra on Friday and were bound for Yarra Yarra.

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

The deaths are not considered suspicious with the bodies found about 4.5km from the vehicle.

Nobbs said the man who made the initial report to the health clinic in Wilowra would be interviewed.

Remnants of food and water were found in the auto.

First reports to police on Wednesday indicated the vehicle had crashed but once investigators arrived it was clear there had not been a crash.

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

Police are calling on anyone with information in relation to the whereabouts of the child to contact them immediately on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

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