WHEN someone goes missing, more than one person is
lost – that is the slogan for National Missing Persons Week and it is
also Bundaberg man Mick Peet’s life.
Six years ago, Mr Peet’s daughter Lateesha Nolan went missing and
every day since, he has wondered what became of her.
Lateesha went missing in January 2005 and her father said each day
since had been a struggle for him and his family.
“It’s the worst feeling to have someone you love missing,” Mr Peet
“It’s a terrible feeling ... I think about it day and night.”
Ms Nolan, who would be 31 this year, was last seen in Dubbo.
Malcolm John Naden, who has been on the run since 2005, is wanted
for the murder of Kristy Scholes who died on the same day of Ms Nolan’s
Ms Scholes and Ms Nolan, both young mothers, were close friends.
“Until Malcolm Naden is found, I won’t have any answers,” Mr Peet
said. “I’ve got a missing person and I know I’ll never see her again.”
Naden, who is one of the most wanted people in New South Wales, is
believed to be living in the dense bushland of Barrington Tops.
Police are offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads
to the capture of the accused murderer.
There have been rare sightings of Naden and his fingerprints have
been found at scenes of break-ins in the past.
“You never stop thinking about your missing child,” Mr Peet said.
“I just want to know what happened.
“I’ll never stop looking for her.”
This week is National Missing Persons Week and Mr Peet encouraged
people to pay close attention to missing person posters.
“The number of people out there missing is surprising,” he said.
“Until it’s someone you love, you can’t imagine how it feels.”
About 35,000 people go missing every year – that is one person
every 15 minutes.
Almost 95% of missing persons are found within a week but there
are currently 1600 long-term missing persons in Australia.
“That’s a lot of people left wondering,” Mr Peet said.
Police dig for the body of
Malcolm Naden's cousin Leteesha Nolan near Dubbo
THE mother of a woman whose body is believed to be buried in
a Dubbo river said she won't tell her grandchildren of the
development until police finish their search.
Police late yesterday began searching the Macquarie River in
Dubbo where the body of missing woman Lateesha Nolan is believed to
have been dumped, almost seven years ago.
Nolan was last seen outside Malcolm Naden’s Dubbo home on January
The development came after homicide detectives allegedly gained
information while speaking with former fugitive Malcolm Naden, who was
arrested last month in bushland near
Naden has been charged over the death of Kristy Scholes, and police said
he has only been questioned about Lateesha’s death.
Joan Nolan told The Telegraph police visited her this morning and
told her they had information that her daughter’s body may have been
dumped in the river.
But she said she isn’t getting her hopes up of finally having
Lateesha’s body to bury until police find it.
“I’m not going to tell the kids yet…you just don’t know if it really is
there or not,” Mrs Nolan said.
Mrs Nolan has had full-time custody of Lateesha’s four children
since the woman went missing from her Dubbo home in January 2005.
She said the children have always struggled with their mother’s
“I’m not telling them much yet, just in case it turns out to be
nothing,” she said.
More than 15 officers and two sniffer dogs are on the banks of the
river, digging sand and sifting it looking for clues to Ms Nolan’s
It is understood that the breakthrough came after Naden, who was
captured last month after seven years on the run, has been talking to
Lateesha Nolan, a 25-year-old mother of four, vanished from
outside Naden’s Dubbo home on January 4, 2005.
Her father, Mick Peet, was emotional this morning when he heard
“If they can find Lateesha and we can give her a proper burial and
put her to rest, it won’t be over but I can go back to living a normal
life and not spend all my time in searching for answers,” Mr Peet said
Homicide detectives have brought in excavators to dig up the area
5km south of Dubbo next to a local swimming hole along the banks of the
Port Macquarie river.
Naden is not facing charges over Ms Nolan’s disappearance.
He has been charged with the murder of his cousin Kristy Scholes,
24, in 2005, two counts of aggravated indecent assault and shooting at a
Gruesome search for
bushman Malcolm Naden's grim secrets
Fife-Yeomans and Clementine Cuneo
The Daily Telegraph
April 13, 2012
- FOR Lateesha Nolan, the
secluded picnic area at Butlers Falls was a favourite spot.
It is on the banks of the Macquarie River, just south of
Dubbo. Lateesha would visit the picturesque swimming hole as a girl,
her father Mick Peet said.
Yesterday family members held their breath as police searched with
excavators and sniffer dogs to discover if it was also her grave.
Lateesha, 25, was last seen on January 4, 2005, outside the Dubbo home
of her cousin Malcolm Naden. Her disappearance left behind four
It is understood that the possible breakthrough in the hunt for
her body came after Naden, 38, who was captured last month after a
seven-year hunt, was interviewed by homicide detectives. He is being
Goulburn's Supermax jail.
Police moved into the picnic area about 5km south of Dubbo late on
Wednesday after a debriefing of officers who had worked on Strike Force
Durkin, which hunted Naden.
Yesterday they continued clearing an area about 100m by 20m,
digging out the sand and putting it through a commercial sifter as they
looked for evidence. They refused to comment officially on whether
anything had been found.
Homicide detectives have been searching the picnic area on the
banks of the Macquarie River, just south of Dubbo, to try to solve her
The search, which has yet to uncover any clues to her whereabouts,
has involved excavators and cadaver dogs.
A 1km exclusion zone was placed around the search area before
Naden was taken from his isolation cell at
Goulburn's high-security prison.
Two major floods have run through the area, which has hampered the
Police have described the operation as highly sensitive.
Naden was on the run for almost seven years.
He was captured during a late-night operation on March 22 in
remote area of bushland around
He has been charged with the murder of 24-year-old Kristy Scholes,
who was found dead in his bedroom in 2005.
Naden has also been charged with two counts of aggravated indecent
assault of a 15-year-old girl and the shooting of a specialist police
officer on December 7.
Home for Naden - who is on remand - is a 4.4m by 1.9m cell at
Goulburn Supermax prison, where he has been segregated from other
Naden was at the centre of NSW's biggest police operation. His
capture was heralded by Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione as a great
"The arrest of this man this morning marks the end of a very
difficult and lengthy investigation and search operation by NSW Police,"
Mr Scipione said at the time.
"This result could not have been achieved without the co-operation
of communities in northern NSW whose assistance and vital information
has helped police over a long period of time."
A $250,000 reward was posted for his capture.
Investigators used elaborate tracking devices in the hunt for him
-- and it was one of these, a navigational device planted in a remote
bush hut - which finally put police on his trail.
"Using a range of intelligence and dozens of pieces of information
provided, police targeted particular locations, " police said.
Malcolm Naden taken to dig
scene at Butlers Falls
MALCOLM Naden has just arrived back at Goulburn's Supermax
jail, after his overnight trip to Dubbo where police are digging for
the remains of Lateesha Nolan.
The 38-year-old arrived back at the high-security prison just
before 2.30pm today, after making the five-hour trip, a Corrective
Services spokeswoman said.
He spent the night in a maximum security cell in
Wellington jail, to break up the long trip, and then continued back
Naden was escorted under tight security to Butlers Falls yesterday,
Dubbo, where a search is being carried out for Lateesha’s remains.
Police have been digging at the Macquarie River site since Wednesday,
and said they are confident they are in the right area to find the
Lateesha has been missing since January 2005. No one has been charged
with her murder.
New dig for Lateesha
A SECOND section of river bank is being dug up by police
searching for the body of Lateesha Nolan.
Police began digging up the new location yesterday after murder
suspect Malcolm Naden accompanied officers to the Butlers Falls area,
Dubbo, on Saturday.
The freshly marked site is about 300m from where police had been
digging for the mother-of-four's remains last week. A team of officers
could be seen sifting the soil, with a cadaver-detection dog nearby.
Naden was back in
Goulburn's Supermax jail last night.
He spent Saturday night in
Wellington jail, after police decided the round trip in one day
would be too exhausting for the 38-year-old, who has been co-operating
However, police said Naden had his wrists and ankles shackled and
he was escorted by a specialist security detail.