Reward doubled for capture of bush fugitive
Heavily armed specialist police believe they came within metres of capturing Malcolm Naden on Wednesday at a campsite near Nowendoc, about 100 kilometres east of Tamworth.
One of the officers was shot in the shoulder by an unseen gunman during the operation.
Dense fog enveloped the bushland on Friday morning, after rain and poor visibility hampered the search yesterday.
It is feared the harsh conditions may have allowed the 38-year-old to again slip the net.
Naden has been on the run for six years.
He is wanted by police over the murder of one woman and disappearance of another at Dubbo in 2005, plus an aggravated indecent assault on a 15-year-old girl.
Police say the fugitive is an experienced bushman who is believed to have spent several years ranging through bushland between Walcha to the west, Kempsey to the north and south to Barrington Tops.
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Naden was increased to $100,000 earlier this year.
This morning Police Minister Mike Gallacher announced the bounty would be more than doubled.
More to come.