Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Broken-down vehicle found near four bodies was 'quite apparently unroadworthy', police say

Broken-down vehicle found near four bodies was 'quite apparently unroadworthy', police say

Stranded after their auto broke down on a remote dusty bush track 300km northwest of Alice Springs, two teenagers, their three-year-old son and a 12-year-old boy only needed someone to drive past and lend a hand.

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.

Police searching for a missing 12-year-old boy in remote central Australia have found the body of a child.

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

It is believed the group may have died from exposure after leaving their broken down vehicle and not in a auto crash as was initially reported.

"One of the avenues of inquiry that we're looking at is if people walked away from a broken down vehicle and may have suffered as result of that", Northern Territory Duty Superintendent Sean Gill told NT News.

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

"At this point, we hold grave concerns for the welfare of this child", superintendent Jody Nobbs told reporters Thursday.

The search was set to continue until police were able to completely rule out that there weren't other people in the auto.

Their deaths are not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

First reports to police on Wednesday indicated the vehicle had crashed but investigators found that was not the case.

"The likely cause of death is succumbing to the elements", he said.

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

"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.

Police urged anyone with information about the child's whereabouts to contact them immediately.

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