5 Mar 2010

Body of Indian child found in Melbourne

1:28 pm on 5 March 2010

Police in Victoria have assured India they will do everything they can to find out what happened to an Indian boy whose body was found in north Melbourne on Thursday evening.

The body has not yet been formally identified, but the ABC reports it matches the description of missing Gurshan Singh, aged three, who was from Australia from Punjab, in northern India.

The Homicide Squad is investigating the death, but at this stage there are no suspects.

Gurshan Singh disappeared from a house in Lalor, in Melbourne's north, around 1pm on Thursday.

The boy was an Indian national and was holidaying in Melbourne with his parents.

It is believed he disappeared from the house where he and his parents were staying while his mother was in the shower.

A council worker found his body at 7pm at Oaklands Junction, near Melbourne airport, around 30km from where he went missing.

Deputy Commissioner Sir Ken Jones says the death is being treated as a homicide.

He says an autopsy was conducted overnight, but Sir Ken says the cause of death remains unclear.

The ABC reports police are desperately seeking the media's help to find witnesses.

The Federation of Indian Students of Australia says the boy's mother was in Australia studying and was due to return home in a couple of months.

It says the Indian community is in shock.