Child's body discovered metres from where young family were found dead near car

Northern Territory Police searching for a missing 12-year-old boy in remote Central Australia say they have found the body of a child.

The body was found only 120 metres from where three bodies, all from the one family, were found near their broken-down vehicle on Wednesday on Jarra Jarra Road.

Northern Territory Police searching for a missing 12-year-old boy in remote Central Australia say they have found the body of a child. Source: Google Maps

A formal identification of the child is yet to be undertaken and police have not confirmed if it is the body of the 12-year-old boy believed to be a passenger in the car.

The bodies of two adults and a child were found late on Wednesday near Willowra, about 300 kilometres northwest of Alice Springs.

Their deaths are not considered suspicious.

Authorities were alerted to the incident after a man raised the alarm at the Willowra Health Clinic just before 12.30pm on Wednesday.

The outback town is located about 300km northwest of Alice Springs. Source: Google Maps

The deaths were initially believed to have been caused by a car accident, however police have since ruled it out.

“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.

Duty Supt Gill also said it’s possible the group could have died several days ago.

Temperatures in the rural town topped 41 degrees over the weekend, and reached 39 degrees on Tuesday.