Father and son found dead in tent hadn’t been seen for weeks, neighbours say

Yahoo News Staff

A father and son found dead while camping north of Perth hadn’t been seen for weeks, according to neighbours.

The bodies of the boy, believed to be 11, and his father were discovered on a beach about eight kilometres south of the Wedge Island access road on Monday about 10.50am (local time).

A woman, who was the man’s wife, was also found in need of urgent medical assistance. She remains in hospital in a stable condition.

It’s believed a gas leak from a fridge is behind the tragedy, which also killed a dog. It’s not suspected any foul play was involved.

A tent is pictured on White Island beach near a 4WD.
The tent (circled in red) sits alone on the beach. It's believed a gas leak killed the father and son. Source: 7News

Neighbours told The West Australian the family packed up their car about a week or two ago for what was thought to be a holiday.

They added they hadn’t heard the family’s dog since they left.

The West understands the couple also had two older children who did not go on the trip with them.

Shire of Dandaragan President Leslee Holmes told the paper the deaths are “devastating”.

She added the family were at Wanagarren Nature Reserve - “miles away” from any help.

She told the ABC the family shouldn’t have been camping where they were found dead.

A police officer carries a tripod on White Island's beach.
The local community are devastated by the deaths. Source: 7News

“There are signs and everything, but unfortunately they may not have seen them and they've been probably fairly away from everybody," she told the ABC.

WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts told the ABC the deaths were “very disturbing” and said there would be an investigation.

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