NT police search for missing boy after three found dead near vehicle

NT police search for missing boy after three found dead near vehicle

NT Police have located the body of a child following an extensive land and air search in central Australia.

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The bodies of two adults, both 19, and their three-year-old son were found near a remote road about 1,000km (620 miles) south of Darwin on Wednesday.

The bodies of a young couple. both aged 19, and their three-year-old son were found in the Northern Territory on Wednesday 4.5km away from their broken-down vehicle.

Superintendent Nobbs has said earlier that the four occupants of the vehicle were seen leaving Willowra on November 2 and were bound for nearby Yarra Yarra.

Northern Territory Police had been conducting a land and air search of the area after other family members told them the older boy might have been a passenger.

An alarm was raised by a "distraught" man at an Aboriginal health clinic at remote Willowra who found their dead bodies just before 12.30pm on Wednesday.

An air and land search was conducted Thursday to look for a 12-year-old boy who Nobbs said was believed to have been in the vehicle with the family.

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"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.

The search for a young boy who was believed to have been with the group and not found among the dead.

Three bodies have been found in a broken-down vehicle and 12-year-old boy is missing in Australia.

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

In what is one of the Territory's worst Outback tragedies, the quartet left Willowra on Friday destined for the community of Jarra Jarra.

According to police, family members have been told about the child's disappearance but have not authorized the release of his name.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner while they scour the area.

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