Body of boy, 12, found in out­back

The Australian - - THE NATION - AMOS AIKMAN NORTH­ERN COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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.

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