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Police return to Karoonda Highway search area



Detectives have returned to the Karoonda Highway today following yesterday’s discovery of human remains. Late on Wednesday morning, police were contacted by a motorist who discovered human bones just off the highway, about 2 km west of Wynarka in the Murray Mallee region.

Police have established the bones are the skeletal remains of a child.  Initial examinations of the remains have determined they are those of a child aged between 2 and 7 years.  The gender is not known at this stage.

The remains have been transported to Adelaide where a post-mortem will be conducted this afternoon.

Forensic examination of the scene is being conducted.  SES volunteers are assisting with a search of the area along the highway today.  The police drone is also being utilised to search from overhead.

Detectives believe the body and suitcase were dumped at the roadside location some time in the last four to six weeks.


The scene

As part of the investigation, detectives are checking National Missing Persons registers.  There are no current missing persons from South Australia that match this description.

Detective Superintendant Dec Bray said two women saw a 60 year old man carrying a suitcase and walking through Wynarka about 6 – 8 weeks ago. He was average height, of light build and had a neat appearance. Police urge the man to come forward or any one else with further information.

Police say that the case was obviously moved from its original position to out in the open where it was found and had been opened. If any one was involved in this, the police urge them to come forward to help with their inquiries.

The investigation is ongoing and police urge anyone who was int he area over the past 6-8 weeks ago to come forward as any and all information could help them with their inquiries.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.




Source: SAPOL


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