Tuesday, August 03, 2010

You may not know Naden is 'a wanted man'

You may not know Naden is 'a wanted man'

Fugitive Malcolm Naden could once more live freely in a small community unrecognised by the people near him, the father of missing Dubbo woman Lateesha Nolan says.

Mick Peet wants more publicity on the man who has a $50,000 price on his head - what he is suspected of doing and what he could look like now.

Mr Peet has continued to put his missing daughter out in the public domain in the hope that the mystery will be solved, but he believes the key is to find Malcolm Naden.

Ms Nolan was last seen at the West Dubbo home of a family member in January 2005.

Six months later the body of relation Kristy Scholes-Walker was found in the bedroom of Naden, another family member. He was not there.

Police swooped on Western Plains Zoo in December 2005 but Naden evaded capture.

In January 2009 there were also reports that he had lived in Bellbrook near Kempsey.

Naden had been in the pub at Bellbrook and scavenged at houses for food, Mr Peet said and that’s why the father believes new information could be found.

“There’s not enough work done on letting people know he’s a wanted man,” he said.

“I think he may be in a little town and people don’t know he’s wanted.”

National Missing Persons Week, August 1-7, is as tough a week for Mr Peet as the January anniversary of Ms Nolan’s disappearance.

“I didn’t get much sleep last night thinking about it,” he said.

The compassion Mr Peet feels for others led him to prompt people who were on a missing list to call home.

“Contact your parents, let them know you’re okay,” he said.

And he reiterated the national campaign’s message that it was a myth people had to wait 24 hours to report someone missing.

Mr Peet has obtained more photos of his daughter from her past school friends and he shows no sign of giving up his “crusade”.

“I do get criticised sometimes for trying to find Malcolm Naden,” Mr Peet said.

“I try to get the word out as much as I can because I want my daughter found.

“He’s the only answer I’ve got.”

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