The parents of three-year-old Gurshan Singh, whose body was found in grassland behind Melbourne airport, have thanked the Victorian people and police for their response to the tragedy.

An Indian national, Gursewak Dhillon, 23, who shared a house in Lalor with the victim and his family, was arrested on Sunday night and charged over the boy’s death.

Police denied reports that Dhillon’s wife has also been arrested. An autopsy has so far not determined the cause of death. The boy’s body was found on Thursday.

Darebin Councillor Tim Singh Laurence, speaking on behalf of Gurshan’s parents, Harjit Singh and his wife Harpreet Kaur, said they were grateful for the efforts of the Victorian community and the police in “progressing the case very quickly”.

He said they wanted to take possession of their son’s body as soon as possible and return to India for funeral.

“We are anticipating that Gurshan’s body will be available on Tuesday,” news.com.au quoted Laurence, as saying.

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