Monday, January 03, 2011

Six years, no answers on missing mum BY STEPHEN RYAN 04 Jan, 2011 04:00 AM

It is six years today since Lateesha Nolan went missing, with police still trying to track down double-murder suspect Malcolm Naden, who is believed to be responsible for several burglaries in the Barrington Tops.

Ms Nolan’s father, Mick Peet, said members of his family would hold a small ceremony with candles at their Queensland home today.

Naden is believed to be responsible for Ms Nolan’s disappearance and for murdering one of his cousin’s partners, Kristy Scholes. Both occurred at Dubbo in 2005.

Police previously confirmed that a dedicated strike force had turned its attention to the Barrington Tops and surrounding areas, but Mr Peet said more needed to be done.

He would like to see the $50,000 bounty for Naden’s arrest increased or a greater investment in the search.

‘‘We’ve been trying to get the reward raised for the past six years,’’ Mr Peet said. ‘‘I just don’t think the police are going to get him.’’

Mr Peet said he and his family, including Lateesha’s four young children, needed answers and the only person who could provide those answers was Naden.

‘‘Lateesha’s kids are growing up and asking more and more questions about their mother,’’ Mr Peet said.

‘‘I lost my father last year and he’s gone to his grave not knowing what happened to his granddaughter.’’

Naden is an experienced bushman who fled Dubbo and was believed to be hiding in various parts of the state before being linked to burglaries in the Barrington Tops. Residents suspect he is responsible for many committed between Easter and September last year.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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