Search mounted for 12yo boy in an outback tragedy

Isolated Willowra has seen extreme heat and flood rain in recent days. Picture: NT Police.
Isolated Willowra has seen extreme heat and flood rain in recent days. Picture: NT Police.

A desperate search has begun for a 12-year-old boy as more details emerge of an outback tragedy in the Northern Territory which has already claimed three lives.

NT Police and emergency services have today begun land and air searches of the isolated Willowra district, 300km north-west of Alice Springs and 400km south west of Tennant Creek.

Their focus today is on the boy after three people were found dead near their broken down vehicle yesterday.

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.

The deaths are not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for Coroner.

Earlier reports suggested extreme heat, remoteness of the area and lack of communications may have been a contributing factor in their deaths.

Further inquiries indicate it is possible a 12-year-old boy was a passenger in the vehicle and was not among the three people found dead.

Police and Emergency Services are conducting land and air searches of the area today.

Family members have not authorised the release of the child’s name, however have advised police that members in the surrounding communities of Ali Curung, Ti Tree and Willowra are aware of his particulars.

Police are appealing to members within those communities to contact police immediately on 131 444 should they locate or have information on the child’s whereabouts.