Friday, February 18, 2011

NSW's most wanted may be hiding in caves

NSW's most wanted man Malcolm Naden - dubbed "a nasty piece of work" - is believed to be hiding out in wild bushland on the state's mid-north coast.

Police Minister Michael Daley has announced the state is doubling its reward to $100,000 for information leading to his capture.

Naden, 37, is alleged to have murdered Kristy Scholes, a 24-year-old mother of two in Dubbo on June 21 or 22, 2005.

Ms Scholes was found dead in her home in Dubbo.

Naden is also a suspect in the disappearance of his cousin Lateesha Nolan and the alleged aggravated indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl in Dubbo in May 2004.

"He's one of the people we really want to find, that's why we're doubling this reward," Mr Daley said on Saturday in Sydney.

Naden - "a nasty piece of work" - needed to understand that police would never stop looking for him, they would never close this file, they would "hunt him until the day he dies", he said.

Detective Superintendent Peter Cope said that police were not sure of Naden's present location.

"In 2007-2008 we can definitely put him in the Barrington Tops region on the mid-north coast of NSW," Supt Cope said.

The police have fingerprint and DNA evidence linking Naden to break-ins in the area.

"It would be our supposition that he is acting alone. We're talking about the Barrington Tops region, we're talking about extremely rugged piece of terrain," he said.
Supt Cope said it was a vast area of multiple cave systems and that Naden had developed considerable bush skills over the years to have stayed at large for so long.

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