A three-year old Indian toddler is feared dead after he went missing from his house here on Thursday.

Victorian State Police said a body of a toddler that has been found by a council worker in long grass fits the description of the missing boy Gurshan Singh Kaurchanna who went missing from Lalor suburb.

Gurhsan was in Australia on holiday with his family and was due to return to India later this week. The body was found around 30 km away from his residence.

According to AAP, Deputy Police Commissioner Ken Jones said “Clearly, the circumstances are suspicious so we are fearing the worst.”

“We are treating it... as a homicide,” Mr. Jones said, adding that police were probing number of areas and there were no suspects at this stage.

The toddler’s mother Harpreet Kaur Channa, who is studying in Australia, and another member of the household frantically searched the home when they realised that he had disappeared.

“Maybe someone picked him up — whatever. I don’t know,” Ms. Kaur said before the body was found.

When they couldn’t find the boy, Ramen Deep Singh, the cousin of the boy’s father, Harjit Singh, called police.

Mr. Jones said the body was found fully clothed in blue jeans and a grey top. But he said he could not say how he had died. He said the boy’s Punjabi-speaking parents were talking with police interpreters and were due to formally identify the body later on Thursday.

“We are not ruling anything in or anything out,” he said. “If foul play has taken place we will do everything in our power to find out what has taken place and to bring people to justice,” he added.

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