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Bounty on Naden's head now $100k

Malcolm Naden
Malcolm Naden

THE State’s most wanted fugitive, Malcolm Naden, who’s believed to be hiding out in bushland on the Mid North Coast, now has a $100,000 bounty on his head.

The murder suspect and experienced bushman has eluded capture for six years now, prompting the State Government to double the reward for information on his whereabouts.

Police want to arrest the 37-year-old in relation to the murder of 24-year-old mother of two Kristy Scholes, whose strangled body was found in Naden’s bedroom in Dubbo.

Naden is also wanted for questioning over the disappearance of his 24-year-old cousin, Lateesha Nolan, on January 4, 2005, and the alleged aggravated indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl between May 12 and 15, 2004.

Minister for Police Michael Daley said he hoped the increased reward would encourage someone to come forward and provide Kristy’s and Lateesha’s families with closure.

“Police will never give up on finding Naden. They will not stop investigating sightings; they will not put the file on the shelf,” he said.

In 2007, Naden became the first fugitive since Ned Kelly in 1879 to attract a bounty.

“He is not a Ned Kelly-like folk hero. He is an alleged murderer and child molester – and he should face a jury of his peers,” Mr Daley said.

Naden is described as being 177 centimetres tall, 85 kilograms and of medium build.

The alleged double murderer was apparently last sighted at Bellbrook, west of Kempsey, in 2009. He has also been known to be in the Barrington Tops area. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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