Police have located the body of a child following an extensive land and air search in outback NT.
Isolated Willowra has seen extreme heat and rain over the past few days where a young family of three has perished after being found about four kilometres from their broken down vehicle.
Earlier today policed confirmed the man and woman, both aged 19, plus a three-year-old boy had been found dead at remote Willowra, 300km north-west of Alice Springs and 400km south west of Tennant Creek.
Police now say they have located the body of a child appearing to be around the same age of the missing 12-year-old boy, who veered from the car and other passengers after it broke down.
An NT Police spokeswoman said a formal identification of the child is yet to be undertaken.
“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,” the spokeswoman said.
Police can confirm the body of the child was located 120 metres from the family found dead on Jarra Jarra Road yesterday.
Southern Desert Division Superintendent Jody Nobbs said police are yet to rule out there may have been more passengers in the vehicle.
“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.”
Police were alerted to the deaths of two adults and a child after a man raised the alarm at the Willowra Health Clinic just before 12.30pm yesterday.
Because of flooding rain and the remoteness of the area, police investigators were only able to arrive on scene late yesterday.
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