Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Search for young boy after family found dead in Australian outback

Search for young boy after family found dead in Australian outback

Northern Territory police have ended their search in Central Australia after the bodies of four young people were found near an abandoned auto, saying they are confident there were no more passengers.

The vehicle was found about 70km from Willowra and last seen leaving the indigenous community on Friday bound for Yarra Yarra.

Following a search, the body of a 12-year-old boy was found about 120 metres from the others yesterday afternoon.

The deaths were initially thought to have been caused by a auto crash - but that was quickly ruled out as the tragic reality of the situation became clear.

The teenage parents left morsels of food and water at their abandoned vehicle and attempted to find help in a community 18km away.

Australia's Northern Territory Police said on Thursday they would begin land and air searches of the Willowra district - 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs - to find the boy.

Mr Gill said an "extreme weather event" may have caused the deaths. "This is a tragic situation from a police perspective", Superintendent Jody Nobbs told a news conference Thursday.

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Nobbs said police still couldn't rule out the possibility that there had been other passengers in the auto when it broke down.

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

It's understood police were alerted to the deaths after a man raised the alarm at the Willowra Health Clinic just after midday.

"This does serve as a timely reminder to anybody travelling on the Northern Territory roads, when you do travel, your vehicle is in a fit state for travel", Superintendent Nobbs said.

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

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.

The details of the people who died have also not been released.

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