WA Police

Family Found Safe After Three-Day-Search In Remote WA

A family of five children and two adults has been found “safe and well” after a three-day-search in outback Western Australia. 

The seven travellers, including two elderly men and women, were located by police from the air in the remote Goldfields region late on Wednesday.

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The group had set off in two cars from Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Sunday, with intentions to journey approximately 650 kilometres northeast to Tjuntjuntjara. 

However, concerns arose when they failed to reach their destination as planned, and no communication was received from them.

Efforts to locate the missing family were initially affected by severe storms and flooding in the area over the previous two days. 

However, a break in the weather on Wednesday enabled police to resume an air search, deploying aircraft to scour the region. 

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Provisions were promptly arranged to be dropped to the group, ensuring their immediate needs were met until their safe return to the regional centre of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. 

Meanwhile, the challenging weather conditions persist across Western Australia, with a warning for heavy rain issued over the state’s southeast, particularly affecting parts of the Goldfields and South Interior regions. 

“Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged,” said in the alert.

“If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it immediately and seek shelter above the floodwater.”

Flooding remains a concern in the state’s north, prompting warnings for areas including Fitzroy Crossing, Noonkanbah, Looma, and Willare in the Kimberley region.

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