Sunday, October 10, 2010
Bush camp believed to be fugitive's Dan Proudman October 11, 2010
The five-year hunt for the fugitive Malcolm Naden has been given its biggest break after a pig hunter stumbled across what is believed to be one of the murder suspect's bush lairs deep in the Barrington Tops.
Homicide squad detectives believe the discovery to be the best lead in the hunt for the state's most wanted man since he evaded police in Dubbo in 2005.
Mr Naden is wanted in connection with the disappearance of his cousin Lateesha Nolan in January that year and the death of another cousin's partner, Kristy Scholes, the following August.
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Police have refused to publicly confirm their suspicions that Mr Naden has been living in the Barrington Tops for several years, despite growing evidence of burglaries carrying his hallmarks.
Thursday's discovery of the crude campsite on top of a hill strengthens the belief that Mr Naden, an expert bushman, is living the life of a nomad in the vast wilderness between the Barrington Tops and Kempsey.
The pig hunter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was convinced the campsite was the work of Mr Naden because of its remote location, the amount of work that had been put into making it and some evidence discovered at the scene.
''If he has been up there for five years I wouldn't put it past him to have more than 50 of these types of campsites,'' the hunter said. ''It is so remote up there you can hear people coming from more than a kilometre away. He would hear them, he would see them and he would smell them miles away.''
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