Body of boy, 12, found in outback
Police have found a child’s body believed to be that of a 12-yearold boy travelling with a family found dead in the Northern Territory outback on Tuesday.
No formal identification has been conducted but a statement said the body was located only 120m from where the three other deceased persons were found.
Southern Desert division superintendent Jody Nobbs said police had not ruled out the possibility of finding more missing passengers.
“Although police have no information that suggests there were other passengers in the car, we will continue a precautionary land and air search until we are satisfied that all areas of interest have been sufficiently canvassed,” he said.
Police discovered the bodies of a 19-year-old man, his 19-yearold partner and a three-year-old boy late on Tuesday after a person raised the alarm at a remote clinic earlier that day.
Circumstances surrounding the incident, which was reported as a vehicle rollover and later as a breakdown, remain unclear.
Police have said the group was last seen on Friday leaving Willowra, about 240km southwest of Tennant Creek, but locals claimed the family was spotted in Ti Tree, further south down the Stuart Highway, sometime on Tuesday.
The deceased couple and their baby are understood to be part of a respected family based in the community of Ali Curung, about 180km south of Tennant Creek. Family members have asked that no names or images be published at this time.