Australia deaths: Family found dead near broken-down vehicle in outback

Two teenage parents and their young son have been found dead after abandoning a broken-down auto in a remote part of the Outback - as a desperate search begins for a missing 12-year-old who was travelling them.

At a press conference on Thursday morning, Investigators revealed that a major land and air search is now underway for another child who they believe may have also been in the auto.

The bodies of two adults, both 19, and their three-year-old son were found near a remote road about 1,000km (620 miles) south of Darwin on Wednesday.

It was discovered only 120 metres from where three family members were found dead near their broken-down vehicle on Wednesday near Willowra, about 300km northwest of Alice Springs.

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

The bodies of a man and a woman, both aged 19, and their three-year-old son were found 4.5km away from their broken-down vehicle on Wednesday.

Northern Territory Police had been conducting a land and air search of the area after other family members told them the older boy might have been a passenger.

"The whereabouts of this 12-year-old boy are not known at this point in time", Duty Superintendent Shaun Gill told ABC radio on Thursday.

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

Superintendent Nobbs has said earlier that the four occupants of the auto were seen leaving Willowra on November 2 and were bound for nearby Yarra Yarra.

The missing child's name has not been released, but the neighbouring communities have been made aware of who he is so they can help in the search.

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

Southern Desert Division Superintendent Jody Nobbs said police were yet to rule out that there may have been more passengers in the vehicle.

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