Child's remains found beside highway

SOUTH Australian police have launched a murder investigation after the remains of a child were found dumped beside a highway this week.

A passing motorist discovered the child's bones in bushes on Wednesday besides the Karoonda Hwy, east of Murray Bridge.

It is understood a suitcase and children's clothes were found nearby.

Detective Superintendent Des Bray from the major crime investigation squad said on Thursday no missing children had been reported in SA.

He said investigators would check the nationwide missing persons register to try to identify the remains, but said it was too early to speculate on the child's age, sex or how the child died.

"It is clear this is a suspicious death and a murder," he said.

"Young children do not just disappear without people noticing.

"Somebody must have knowledge of someone who has a young child and that child has disappeared and is not around."

The remains have been taken to Adelaide for forensic testing.

- APN NEWSDESK.



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