#UK Joanne Lees Peter Falconio: New lead in hunt for backpacker’s body in Australian outbackl #UKnews
A brand new lead has raised hopes of a breakthrough in the hunt for the body of murdered British backpacker Peter Falconio simply hours after his mom begged for assist.
Mr Falconio, 28, was shot lifeless by drug-runner Bradley Murdoch in 2001 who then tried to abduct his girlfriend Joanne Lees earlier than she escaped and raised the alarm.
But the backpacker’s body has by no means been discovered – and his mom pleaded on Friday for ‘anybody with a conscience’ to assist find his stays.
Now a doable new witness has come ahead to disclose he noticed a ute just like the killer’s parked ‘in an odd place’ by a culvert and a bridge 24 hours after the homicide.
A brand new lead has raised hopes of a breakthrough in the hunt for the body of murdered British backpacker Peter Falconio (seen right here with girfriend Joanne Lees) simply hours after his mom begged for assist.
Peter Falconio was shot lifeless on a distant stretch of the Sturt Highway, 300km north of Alice Springs, and girlfriend Joanne Lees hid in the bush till killer Bradley Murdoch fled the scene
The new sighting has raised hopes it might lead to the invention of the backpacker’s stays and finish the 21-year-old thriller.
The startling new proof was revealed after South Australian politician Frank Pangallo demanded a $1million reward for info main police to the body.
‘I obtained an e mail this morning from anyone who was in the world the day after the homicide,’ the SA-BEST member of South Australia’s legislative council revealed.
‘He mentioned he had noticed a car that was much like the one which Murdoch was utilizing and it was parked on the facet of a highway close to a culvert and a bridge.
A doable new witness has come ahead to disclose he noticed a ute just like the killer’s parked ‘in an odd place’ by a culvert and a bridge 24 hours after the killing (pictured, police roadblocks in the wake of the 2001 homicide)
‘He remembered going previous it and saying it was uncommon that the the motive force was parked in that place. He did alert police on the time however heard nothing extra.
‘I’ll actually move that on to police to see if they will go there in particular person to test it out.’
The gorgeous improvement got here simply hours after Daily Mail Australia revealed police had mounted a five-day search of an outback properly in 2019 in the hunt for the stays.
They pumped 15m of water out of the distant waterhole, simply 1km from the homicide scene close to Barrow Creek, 300km north of Alice Springs, however sadly discovered nothing.
Now Mr Falconio’s dad and mom Joan, 75, and Luciano, 80, have appealed for recent info to maintain the hunt alive for their son’s stays.
Parents Joan, 75, and Luciano Falconio, 80, have appealed for recent info to maintain the hunt alive for their son’s stays
‘We wish to carry Peter dwelling the place he belongs close to his household,’ his mom mentioned. ‘Our ache is all the time with us. He was murdered 21 years in the past, aged simply 28 years.
‘His life stopped on a lonely highway – the Stuart Highway on July 14, 2001. Shot lifeless by cowardly Murdoch, who won’t reveal the place or what he did with him.’
She added: ‘Peter has a phenomenal niece and two beautiful nephews who he by no means acquired to see or know.
‘I’m interesting to anybody with a conscience to assist me – nonetheless small – to inform me the place he was put.’
The startling new proof was revealed after South Australian politician Frank Pangallo (pictured proper) demanded a $1million reward for info main police to the body
Mr Pangallo revealed he had been in contact with the household for the final three years since protecting the intriguing case years earlier as a reporter on Today Tonight.
He has now demanded Northern Territory Police supply a $1million reward to tease out new results in observe up.
And he believes it may very well be sufficient to influence Murdoch’s shady prison mates to interrupt their code of silence and inform police the place the body was dumped.
‘It is a final roll of the cube,’ Mr Pangallo mentioned on Friday. ‘His mom did not need the matter to remain chilly and wished it to be introduced into the general public area once more.
‘What’s haunting them and has haunted them for the previous 21 years isn’t realizing the place his body is – and it’ll proceed to hang-out them till they get solutions.
‘It’s essential new info does come ahead to place an finish to the struggling that the Falconio household have suffered for so a few years.’
The renewed attraction comes in the week when Peter Falconio (pictured with Joanne Lees in their campervan) would have turned 50 final Tuesday
The renewed attraction comes in the week when Mr Falconio would have turned 50 final Tuesday, however police are not any nearer to realizing the place his body was dumped.
Murdoch was convicted of the homicide and is now serving life in Darwin Correctional Centre – however he has refused to surrender the place he dumped Mr Falconio’s body.
He may very well be eligible for parole in 10 years however won’t ever stroll free with out revealing the placement underneath the NT’s ‘no body no launch’ legal guidelines.
Police consider he hid the stays someplace in the sprawling desert between Alice Springs and Broome, 1,700km away in Western Australia.
Bradley Murdoch is believed to have hidden the stays someplace in the huge expanse of the Tanami Desert between Alice Springs and Broome, 1,700km away in Western Australia
‘The Tanami desert is an unlimited expanse,’ mentioned Mr Pangallo.
‘It’s believed that Murdoch, after filling up in Alice Springs that night time, he would have fled to Broome and gone via the Tanami Desert.
‘There’s any any variety of areas the place he might have dumped the body. But he would have been panicking at that time, realizing police had been looking out for him.
‘And who is aware of – he might have disposed of the body earlier, which is why we would like the properly to be searched close to Barrow Creek.’
Peter and girlfriend Joanne Lees had been in a campervan after they had been pulled over by drug-runner Bradley Murdoch who shot Mr Falconio and tried to abduct Ms Lees
He added: ‘Murdoch might properly spend the remainder of his life in jail.
‘He is aware of what occurred. And he is aware of the place he put the body and one needs that he had some type of conscience and got here ahead.
‘It’s what Mrs Falconio mentioned in her e mail to me – she had hoped that Murdoch had some conscience and would would reveal what he had performed with Peter’s body.
‘Murdoch hasn’t acquired the center to admit to his cowardly crime and he ought to rot behind bars if he is unwilling to inform the reality about what he did or the place he left Peter.
‘Somebody should know the place Peter is or may need some info or recollection that may very well be helpful to police, irrespective of how insignificant they could assume it’s.
‘Joan, Luciano, Peter’s brothers – Mark, Nicholas and Paul – and their households deserve closure in any case these years of grieving and uncertainty.
‘She simply hopes that nobody forgets about Peter Falconio.’