New lead in search of British backpacker killed 20 years ago

New lead in search of British backpacker killed 20 years ago

Police search for a new lead in the case of British backpacker Peter Falconio (Image: AP/PA)

Police search for a new lead in the case of British backpacker Peter Falconio (Image: AP/PA)

New information has raised hopes of a breakthrough in the search for a British backpacker who was murdered more than 20 years ago.

Peter Falconio, 28, and his girlfriend Joanne Lees were in a caravan when they were arrested by drug lord Bradley Murdoch in 2001.

Murdoch shot Falconio dead and tried to kidnap Lees before she escaped and raised the alarm.

The backpacker’s body has never been found, and just hours after his mother issued an emotional plea for help on the 21st.St. anniversary of his death, the police are looking for a new clue.

It comes after South Australian politician Frank Pangallo demanded a $1 million reward for information that would lead police to the body.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE - Undated file photo of murdered backpacker Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees.  Police have requested information to locate the body of the British backpacker killed in Australia on the 20th anniversary of his disappearance.  Issue date: Wednesday July 14, 2021. PA Photo.  Bradley Murdoch was convicted in 2005 of murdering 28-year-old Mr. Falconio and assaulting his girlfriend, Ms. Lees, at gunpoint on a remote stretch of highway near Barrow Creek, some 200 miles north. from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory on July 14, 2001. See PA story POLICE Falconio.  Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of the events, things, or people in the image or the facts mentioned in the caption.  Image reuse may require additional permission from the copyright holder.  - 10692497

Peter was in a trailer with his girlfriend Joanna Lees when he was shot dead (Picture: PA/AP)

Peter Falconio pictured with his girlfriend Joanne Lees PETER FALCONIO MURDER CASE, AUSTRALIA - 2001 Mandatory Credit: REX Photo/Shutterstock (556747a) - 10692497

Joanna managed to escape her boyfriend’s killer when she hid in the bush for hours after he was killed (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA: Bradley John Murdoch (C) surrounded by police arrives at Darwin airport from Adelaide on November 24, 2003. One of Australia's longest-running criminal mysteries came to an end on December 13, 2005 when a mechanic and admitted drug dealer, Bradley John Murdoch, was convicted of the 2001 murder of missing British tourist Peter Falconio.  Murdoch, 47, was also found guilty by a Northern Territory High Court jury of assault and attempted kidnapping of Falconio's English girlfriend, Joanne Lees, on a moonless night in remote central Australia.  AFP PHOTO/David HANCOCK (Photo credit should read DAVID HANCOCK/AFP via Getty Images)

Bradley Murdoch was found guilty of Peter’s murder in 2005 (Image: AFP/Getty)

He said today: ‘I received an email this morning from someone who was in the area the day after the murder.

He said he had seen a vehicle similar to the one Murdoch was using and that it was parked on the side of a road near a culvert and bridge.

‘He recalled passing and said it was unusual for the driver to be parked in that position. He alerted the police at that time, but did not hear anything else.

“I will certainly pass that on to the police to see if they go there in person to check it out.”

The Daily Mail revealed today that police had carried out a five-day search of an inland well in 2019, as officers searched for the body.

Police removed 15m of water from a remote watering hole 1km from the crime scene near Barrow Creek, 300km north of Alice Springs, but nothing was found.

Luciano, right, and Joan Falconio, parents of Peter Falconio, arrive at the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in Darwin, Australia, Monday December 12, 2005 to hear the Chief Justice summarize for the jury at the trial by Bradley John Murdoch.  Murdoch, a mechanic, is accused of murdering British backpacker Peter Falconio who was traveling with Joanne Lees on a lonely Outback road.  (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)

Luciano and Joan Falconio, parents of Peter Falconio, made an appeal on the 21st anniversary of their son’s death (Photo: AP)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Hutchison/EPA/REX/Shutterstock (8255586a) Adelaide Supreme Court November 10, 2003: Bradley Murdock is arrested by police at the Sir Samuel Way Court building in Adelaide and taken to the House of City Watch Bradley John Murdoch 45 was arrested outside court after he was acquitted of sexual offenses As soon as the case was over He was arrested on a warrant issued by Northern Territory Police for the murder of British tourist Peter Falconio in the Northern Territory in 2001 He will appear tomorrow at Adelaide Magistrates Court where Nt Police will formally seek his extradition to Darwin Australia Adelaide Australia Bradley Murdoch Sentence - November 2003

Bradley Murdoch was arrested and later found guilty of Peter’s murder (Image: Hutchison/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE - Undated file photo of murdered backpacker Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees.  Police have requested information to locate the body of the British backpacker killed in Australia on the 20th anniversary of his disappearance.  Issue date: Wednesday July 14, 2021. PA Photo.  Bradley Murdoch was convicted in 2005 of murdering 28-year-old Mr. Falconio and assaulting his girlfriend, Ms. Lees, at gunpoint on a remote stretch of highway near Barrow Creek, some 200 miles north. from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory on July 14, 2001. See PA story POLICE Falconio.  Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of the events, things, or people in the image or the facts mentioned in the caption.  Image reuse may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

Peter and his girlfriend Joanna were traveling in Australia when he was killed (Image: PA)

Falconio’s parents, Joan, 75, and Luciano, 80, asked for new information to keep the search for their son’s remains alive.

‘We want to bring Peter home, where he belongs, close to his family,

‘Our pain is always with us. He was murdered 21 years ago, when he was only 28 years old.

His life stopped on a lonely road: the Stuart Highway on July 14, 2001. Shot dead by the cowardly Murdoch, who will not reveal where or what he did with it.

“Peter has a beautiful niece and two lovely nephews whom he never got to see or meet.

“I appeal to anyone with a conscience to help me, no matter how small, to tell me where they put it.”

Pangallo revealed that he had been in contact with the family for the past three years since covering the case years earlier as a reporter.

The politician has demanded that the Northern Territory Police offer a $1 million reward for uncovering new leads and said it was the “last roll of the dice”.

He added: ‘Her mother didn’t want the matter to be kept cold and wanted it to go back into the public domain.

“What haunts them and has haunted them for the last 21 years is not knowing where his body is, and it will continue to haunt them until they get answers.

“It is crucial that new information emerges to end the suffering that the Falconio family has endured for so many years.”

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Source : metro.co.uk

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