A new leader of a British merchantman who was killed 20 years ago
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New information has raised hopes of progress in the hunt for a British merchant who was murdered 20 years ago.
Peter Falconio, 28, and his girlfriend Joanne Lees were camping when they were pulled over by drug lord Bradley Murdoch in 2001.
Murdoch shot Mr Falconio and tried to kidnap Ms Lees before she escaped and raised the alarm.
The backpacker’s body was never found, just hours after his mother issued a plea for help about 21St On the anniversary of his death police are hunting for new leads.
It came after South Australian politician Frank Pangallo offered a $1 million reward for information leading to police.
He said today: ‘I was emailed this morning by someone who was in the area the day after the murder.
“He said that he saw with his own eyes a car similar to the one Murdoch was using, and it was parked on the side of the road at a pavement and a bridge.
“He remembered passing and said it was unusual for the driver to be standing there. He alerted the police at the time but didn’t hear anything else.
“I’m definitely going to pass that on to the police to see if they’ll go personally to look into it.”
The Daily Mail revealed today that police carried out a five-day search of the well outside in 2019, as officers searched for the body.
Police pumped 15m of water from a well 1km away from the scene of the killing near Barrow Creek – 300km north of Alice Springs – but nothing was found.
Mr Falconio’s parents Joan, 75, and Luciano, 80, have appealed for new information to hunt for their son’s remains.
“We want to bring Peter home where he belongs near his family,
‘Our pain is always with us. He was killed 21 years ago, when he was only 28 years old.
His life ended on a lonely road – Stuart Highway on July 14, 2001. He was shot by the coward Murdoch, who did not disclose where and what he did.
Peter has a beautiful niece and two nephews that he has never seen or known.
“I’m asking anyone with a conscience to help me – at least – to tell me where it is.”
Mr Pangallo revealed that he has been in contact with the family for the past three years since he reported on the case years ago as a journalist.
The politician has demanded a $1 million reward from the Northern Territory Police for mocking the new leadership which he says is the ‘last roll of the dice’.
He added: ‘His mother did not want the matter to go cold, and she wanted it to be brought back into the public domain.
“What has plagued them for the past 21 years is not knowing where his body is – and it will continue until they get answers.
“It is important new information that has come to light to put an end to the suffering that the Falconio family has faced for many years.”
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