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Updated: March 7, 2010 14:30 IST

Australian police claim breakthrough in toddler death case

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An undated photo showing 3-year-old Gurshan Singh. Gurshan’s body was found in long grass by the side of the road at Oaklands Junction, a suburb of Melbourne on the evening of Thursday, after he was reported missing about six hours earlier.
AP An undated photo showing 3-year-old Gurshan Singh. Gurshan’s body was found in long grass by the side of the road at Oaklands Junction, a suburb of Melbourne on the evening of Thursday, after he was reported missing about six hours earlier.

Australian police, probing the unnatural death of a three-year-old Indian boy here, claimed a breakthrough on Sunday, saying they are searching for a car seen near the place where the toddler’s body was found three days ago.

A green VR or VT Holden Commodore car seen in the area where Gurshan Singh Channa’s body was found under mysterious circumstances on Thursday has emerged as a key focus of the probe.

According to local media, homicide squad detectives now want to talk to anyone who saw that car.

The development is the first solid lead that detectives have announced since launching the investigation, it said.

Police are also operating an information caravan at Oaklands Junction, where the toddler’s body was found, six hours after he disappeared from a Lalor rental property which his parents shared with friends and family.

They are hoping someone comes forward with information.

Till now, no cause has yet been determined for the death of Gurshan, whose body is still lying in a city morgue awaiting cremation.

His grieving parents Harpreet Kaur Channa and Harjit Singh Channa have cancelled their tickets to India, which they had booked for Saturday.

The couple want their son’s body to be cremated in their home town in Punjab.

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