Monday, January 03, 2011

Family wants answers PATRICK BILLINGS 04 Jan, 2011 04:00 AM

If you know anything, anything at all, please come forward and help us find Lateesha.

These are the sentiments expressed by Margaret Walker whose niece Lateesha Nolan went missing six years ago today, leaving four young children and a grieving family behind with no answers.

To mark the dark anniversary her family will be releasing balloons by the Macquarie River and hoping the new year brings some fresh information about their beloved relative.

Teesha, as she was known, was last seen leaving her grandmother’s house in West Dubbo on January 4, 2005.

She had left her four children there, then aged one, three, four and five, about 9.30pm with a promise to return shortly.

The next day her car was found abandoned in a parking bay by the Macquarie River.

Her family has been asking what happened to the striking green-eyed 24-year-old ever since.

“Where is she? Is she dead or alive? That’s the worst part, not knowing where she is. The kids would love to know where there mother is,” Margaret said yesterday.

Speaking to the media will hopefully “jolt somebody’s mind”.

“Lots of people think little things they know isn’t important, but it is,” she said.

“It doesn’t matter how small it is please come forward. You may have seen something or heard something. Surely somebody must talk.”

Also missing is the man wanted in relation to her disappearance. Malcolm Naden has been on the run since 2005 and with a $50,000 bounty on his head is one of the state’s most wanted fugitives.

Police also suspect Naden of murdering his cousin’s partner, 24-year-old mother-of-two Kristy Scholes, found strangled in Naden’s bedroom in 2005 six months after the disappearance of Lateesha.

Both women lived with the 37-year-old at his grandparent’s home in Bumblegumbie Road.

Naden disappeared shortly after the death of Ms Scholes and is also wanted for the alleged indecent assault of a child in 2004.

Efforts to locate Naden have been hampered by both his rumoured ability to survive in the bush and what homicide detectives believe is assistance from others. Reports earlier in the year that he had been hiding out near Barrington Tops in the Hunter Valley have been disproved by police.

Following a number of inquiries made in recent days, police ruled out any links between the campsite and Naden.

In 2005 an apparent sighting of Naden at Taronga Western Plains Zoo resulted in an extensive search of the area.

As of November 2008 he was believed to be hiding in bushland hills in the Kempsey region.

Naden is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, 177cm tall, 85kg, with a medium build, olive complexion, and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Naden’s whereabouts is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Anyone who sees Naden should not approach him but phone triple-0 immediately.
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