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Three found dead, young boy missing in Australian outback

Three found dead, young boy missing in Australian outback

At the scene police found the bodies of a 19-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and a three-year-old boy.

Southern Desert Division Superintendent Jody Nobbs said the possibility there were more passengers in the vehicle has not been ruled out.

Police said the deaths are not being treated as suspicious and ruled out a vehicle crash, but they are investigating whether it was heat-related.

The brutal final moments of a young family-of-three and a 12-year-old boy found dead in Australia's unforgiving remote Outback have been revealed.

Family members have not authorised the release of the boy's name but say people living in the surrounding communities of Ali Curung, Ti Tree and Willowra are aware of his identity.

The family were last seen leaving Willowra on Friday and were bound for Yarra Yarra.

Their deaths are not being treated as suspicious and the authorities are investigating whether exposure to the elements may have contributed to the tragedy.

"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", NT Police said in a statement.

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Remnants of food and water were found in the auto.

Police first found out about the deaths of two adults and one child after a man informed the Willowra Health Clinic on Wednesday afternoon.

A fourth individual believed to have been also travelling in the vehicle had been reported missing, prompting police to begin emergency land and air searches.

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

"This does serve unfortunately as a timely reminder for anybody traveling on the Northern Territory roads to ensure that, when you do travel, your vehicle is in a fit state to travel".

This morning, police said a 12-year-old boy, who they believed was with the group, was not found among the dead.

Police have called for anyone with information on the child's whereabouts to contact them immediately.