Body found in outback yet to be identified

Police are yet to reveal the identity of a man’s body found during the search for two young men missing in the outback.

The search for two young men missing in the outback near Western Australia’s border with the Northern Territory has resumed, but police are yet to reveal the identity of a body recovered from the remote area.

Byron Gibson and Messiah Young, both aged 20, were travelling to the Wingellina Aboriginal community on February 8 when their Toyota LandCruiser Prado broke down.

Their abandoned vehicle was recovered last Thursday and an extensive search for the men was launched this week, focusing on an area around the Docker River Aboriginal community.

Police said on Tuesday that a man’s body had been found, but they had not been identified.

Police were still yet to reveal the man’s identity on Wednesday morning.

“Searchers, trackers and remotely piloted aircraft systems continued to search the area yesterday afternoon and worked late into the night,” police said in a statement.

“The search has recommenced this morning with the assistance of trackers, police officers from Laverton, Kalgoorlie, Blackstone and Leinster, and remotely piloted aircraft systems.”

An aerial search also began shortly after, with an SES aerial observer assisting.

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