Minister for Police
NSW Government Doubles Bounty Reward for Malcolm Naden
Saturday 19th February 2011
Minister for Police Michael Daley today announced the State Government would double the reward on offer for information leading to the capture of Malcolm Naden.
The NSW Government has increased the $50,000 originally offered in 2007 to $100,000.
Mr Daley said Naden, who would now be 37 years old, is wanted by police in respect of warrants issued in 2005 for murder and aggravated indecent assault of a child .
Naden is alleged to have murdered Kristy Scholes, a 24 year old mother-of-two in Dubbo on the 21st or 22nd of June 2005.
Ms. Scholes was found deceased on June 22, 2005 inside a home in Dubbo. A Post Mortem examiniation revealed she had been strangled.
Mr Daley said it is understood that Naden fled his grandparents home in West Dubbo shortly after Ms Scholes’ alleged murder.
Naden is also a suspect in the disappearance of his cousin Lateesha Nolan, who was last seen at the same house as Kristy after dropping off two of her four children on January 4th 2005.
Naden is also wanted for the alleged aggravated indecent assault of a 15-year-old-girl in Dubbo between the 12th and 15th May 2004.
Mr Daley said he hoped the increased reward would encourage someone to come forward and provide Kristy and Lateesha’s families with the closure they deserved.
“Lateesha has been described by those who knew her as a good mother. It is highly unlikely that she would have abandoned her four children without a word,” he said.
“Together, Kristy and Lateesha left behind six young children – and those kids deserve justice for their mothers.
“Police will never give up on finding Naden. They will not stop investigating sightings, they will not put the file on the shelf.
“I’d ask that anyone who has not contacted police regarding Naden’s whereabouts to come forward immediately.
“He is not a Ned Kelly-like folk hero. He is an alleged murderer and child molestor – and he should face a jury of his peers.”
Naden is 177 centimetres tall, 85 kilograms, with medium build, brown eyes, shaved head and possibly a moustache and/or beard. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 at anytime of day or night. Information can be given anonymously.