Police say a 60-year-old man who attempted to trek 48 kilometers (30 miles) with little water in searing heat across Australia's parched Outback after his car broke down has been found dead 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) from safety.

Police said in a statement Thursday that the man was driving to Windidda Station, a cattle ranch in the remote Wiluna region of Western Australia state, when his car broke down on Sunday.

After no car passed on the lonely road over Sunday night, the man set out on foot early Monday with what police described as a "small container of water."

Station residents found the man dead late Wednesday 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) from Windidda.

A coroner will determine the cause of death.