Manhunt hots up for Naden
28 Feb, 2011 04:00 AM
POLICE are involved in a manhunt west of Port Macquarie after a sighting of the state’s most wanted man, Malcolm Naden.
A female resident of Birdwood, 77km to Port Macquarie’s west, told the Port News yesterday Naden was spotted on Coombes Rd at about 9.30pm Wednesday.
The woman’s grandson told her Naden was sitting on the edge of a bridge and stood up and waved as he drove past.
The 66-year-old lives on a property “just minutes from where Naden was seen”.
“You worry but you just have to hope he’s gone,” the cattle breeder said.
“There has been lots of cops around since the sighting so hopefully he’s gone.”
The mother-of-four said it was a horrible feeling knowing Naden was in the area.
Police yesterday said they were looking for a man seen on a remote property west of Port Macquarie.
On Friday, the Port News reported the state government had doubled its reward for Naden.
Naden, who would now be 37, is wanted by police in relation to warrants issued in 2005 for murder and aggravated indecent assault of a child.
He is alleged to have murdered Kristy Scholes, a 24 year old mother-of-two in Dubbo, in the state’s central west, on June 21 or 22, 2005.
Naden is a suspect in the disappearance of his cousin Lateesha Nolan, who was last seen on January 4, 2005.
The fugitive also is wanted for the alleged aggravated indecent assault of a 15-year-old-girl in Dubbo between May 12 and 15, 2004.
The ex-abattoir worker and experienced bushman was last year suspected to be living in dense bush near Curricabark, about 200km south-west of Port Macquarie.
In January 2009, Naden surfaced west of Wauchope.
In 2007 a reward of $50,000 was offered to assist in his capture.
This month that figure was doubled to $100,000.
Announcing the doubling of the reward, NSW Police Minister Michael Daley said Naden was “an alleged murderer and child molester – 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.
Police yesterday confirmed a number of officers were involved in the operation conducted by the Mid North Coast Local Area Command.
A number of items have been seized and taken for forensic investigation.
The eyewitness said Naden was on Wednesday wearing a black jumper, blue jeans, white joggers and had a bald head.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1800 333 000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Information can be given anonymously.
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I'd like to propose a moratorium on all media using the term "hots up".
Posted by cj, 28/02/2011 8:52:53 AM, on Port Macquarie News
Sorry, but how can they be sure that this was Naden? He has been unsighted for years and there is a good chance he does not resemble his mug shot. So just how did they know that this was Naden??
Posted by Priorities Pete, 28/02/2011 3:46:14 PM, on Port Macquarie News
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