Lateesha Jane NOLAN
- Tragically located deceased
- Mick is actually photographed looking at this web page on his computer.
Mick Peet, surrounded by newspaper clippings and photos of his beautiful
daughter he has collected during his campaign to find her.
Search for remains of murdered woman Lateesha Nolan begins in Dubbo
will search the banks of the Macquarie River south of Dubbo for the remains
of murdered woman Lateesha Nolan, after a member of the public discovered a
bone in the area last month that has been confirmed as belonging to her.
The 24-year-old disappeared from her Dubbo home in January 2005 and, seven
years later, her cousin Malcolm Naden was convicted of her murder after he
was arrested following one of the biggest manhunts in NSW history.
Police said a member of the public retrieved a bone from the riverbank late last
month and forensic testing revealed it was human. Further DNA testing and other
analysis confirmed it as belonging to Ms Nolan, a mother-of-four.
Homicide squad detectives will conduct a coordinated search of the riverbank
near Butlers Falls on Tuesday, with the operation expected to take a number of
Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Mick Willing, said detectives
were determined to find Ms Nolan's remains.
"We now know we are looking at the right spot, which is near the 2012
excavation, but changes to the terrain have meant this area was unexposed at
that time," he said.
"The loss of a loved one is never easy to deal with, but the grief can be even
harder to overcome when you can't lay them to rest.
"For more than a decade investigators have been following every line of inquiry
in hope of ending the family's search for answers.
"We hope we will soon be able allow them to properly - and respectfully - say
In 2013 Naden, a former shearer and abattoir worker, was sentenced to life in
prison after facing court on two murder charges.
The then 39-year-old had pleaded guilty to the murder of Ms Nolan, who on the
day of her death - January 4, 2005 - had a "chance meeting" with Naden at their
She offered him a lift so he could go fishing but, during the drive, Naden
strangled her and then drove to a location near Butlers Falls Reserve outside
Dubbo, dug a hole beside the Macquarie River, dismembered her body and buried
Naden was also sentenced for the murder of Kristy Scholes, 24, who was staying
with him at his grandparents' house in Dubbo when he strangled her in June 2005.
Naden then went on the run before being captured in 2012 after one of the
state's biggest manhunts.
He committed a spate of break and enters in rural bushland and shot a police
officer during his seven years as a fugitive.
Last year, Ms Nolan's father Mick Peet, who lives in Queensland, told Fairfax
Media he still agonised every day about losing his daughter, and was haunted by
the fact her body had never been recovered.
He said at the time that he still held out hope that his daughter's body may be
found, but he believed it was increasingly unlikely as time went on.
"With what he did to her, dismembering her body and burying it, it would be a
very hard task to locate her," Mr Peet said at the time.
"I doubt they will ever find her but the police said they may be lucky. With the
work going on at the weir somebody might find something. There is always hope.
"I have friends who fish on the river and whenever I see photos I wonder if she
is there somewhere."
The death of his daughter had taken a huge toll on his health, he said.
"My health has gone downhill and every special occasion is hard - birthdays,
Christmas - because it is so close to the time it happened. It's something you
never get over," he said.
"Lateesha's mum said it takes a big piece of your heart and that is so true. You
never get over it.
"For seven years [before Naden was caught] I barely sleep and I was constantly
searching, looking on the internet to try and find answers. It was hard on my
family and I am trying to catch up with that seven years.
"The biggest relief in the last 10 years came when they caught Malcolm Naden. To
know that he won't be able to hurt anyone ever again is important."