What happened to Lateesha?
That is the desperate plea of Joan Nolan, a mother longing for her daughter who disappeared four years ago.
On January 4, 2005, Dubbo mother of four Lateesha Nolan told her grandmother she would “be back in a sec”, leaving her wallet and cigarettes behind at her house on Bunglegumbie Road.
The next day, Lateesha was reported missing and her car found abandoned in a parking bay beside the Macquarie River.
The man sought for questioning over her disappearance, Malcolm Naden, has been unable to be located since Ms Nolan’s disappearance. Police also want to question Mr Naden over the murder of Kristy Scholes, Lateesha’s cousin.
The hunt still continues for Mr Naden.
Anyone with any information on Lateesha’s disappearance, or the whereabouts of Malcolm Naden, should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
For Joan Nolan, the past four years have been spent wanting her daughter back and caring for her grandchildren.
“I just want her to come back home,” Joan said.
In the days that seem to “drag on forever” Joan said her daughter had missed many important milestones in her family’s lives.
“All her kids have started school now and she didn’t get to be there for them,” she said.
“She also lost her grandmother and she missed that too.”
Her children still remembered their mother, she said. One Mother’s Day some years ago, her children bought some chocolates. Handing them out to the family, they kept one aside “for mummy”.
The chocolate is still in the box.
Joan pleaded with the community to come forward with any information.
“It doesn’t matter how little you know, sometimes people think what they know isn’t important but they don’t realise every bit counts,” she said as she choked back tears.
“The only thing we want and the most important thing now is to bring her back.”
The message was simple, said Joan - the need for information and to find Lateesha so her four children could have closure.
“The fear of not knowing what happened hurts us.”