News

Police 'digging for remains at Dubbo'

Lateesha Nolan
Lateesha Nolan

BUNDABERG dad Mick Peet has been relentlessly looking for his daughter Lateesha Nolan ever since she went missing seven years ago.

And today he got another step closer to finding his girl when detectives called to tell him they would begin excavating a riverbank in NSW where they believe her body may be buried.

The potential breakthrough comes three weeks after detectives captured accused murderer Malcolm Naden, who was wanted over her disappearance in 2005.

Mr Peet said police would not tell him if the lead came from Naden himself.

"I got the call from detectives in Dubbo saying they were conducting a search at Butlers Falls," he said.

Mr Naden said watching footage of excavators digging through the dirt in search of his daughter's remains was a strange feeling.

"It's a terrible feeling," he said.

"It's pretty hard to watch because you don't know what they'll dig up."

Mr Peet said Butlers Falls was a site of many happy family memories where he used to take Lateesha and her brother swimming.

"To think that could have been the last place she ever saw and was alive...," he said.

"It was always a lovely little spot."

Mr Peet said he hoped Lateesha's body could be found so he could hold a proper memorial for her.

"I want somewhere where her kids can go and put flowers for her," he said.

"I made a promise to Lateesha that I'd find out what happened to her.

"I just want answers."

Topics:  lateesha nolan, malcolm naden



Cycle Challenge offering an historic ride

The Coffs City Rotary Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge is being held this year on the weekend of August 13 and 14.

'Old' highway the route for this year's Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge

Coffs model is Face of Origin

STUNNING: Tahlia Hall (second left) of Coffs Harbour was named the NSW winner of the Face of Origin 2016.

Coffs beauty is Face of Origin

Turning wine into water during Dry July

DRY JULY: As a participant in this annual fund raiser for cancer patients, Jo Symons has happily swapped alcohol for water.

Turning wine into water during Dry July

Latest deals and offers

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

A home rich in history looking for a new owner

HISTORY: The circa 1920s home is being sold for the first time in 90 years.

Circa 1920s home being sold for the first time in 90 years