Major investigation underway after children’s remains found dumped by the side of a highway

THE SES and local police will conduct an extensive search this morning after remains belonging to a young child were found dumped on the side of a road near Adelaide.

A murder inquiry has been launched after the skeleton was found by the side of the Karoonda Highway, east of Murray Bridge, by a passing motorist on Wednesday.

A suitcase and scattered clothes were also found.


Officers were unable to confirm the child’s sex, age or cause of death and could not say how long the remains had been at the scene.

Forensic officers remained at the scene overnight and the area was sealed off.

An extensive investigation, including nearby door knocking, will get underway this morning.

The remains were taken to Adelaide tonight ahead of a post mortem investigation.

Police are reviewing national missing persons lists but early checks found no details of children with a similar age in South Australia.