Local search for state's most wanted man
02 Mar, 2011 11:59 PM
HEAVILY armed police are involved in the manhunt for one of the state's most wanted men, Malcolm Naden.
Police received a possible sighting of the fugitive at Birdwood last Wednesday and police converged on the area immediatley.
Police have confirmed they were looking for a man seen on a remote property, believed to be Naden.
The State government last week doubled its reward for Naden, who would now be aged 37 years.
He 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.
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.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information can be given anonymously.
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