Cops re­new clue quest

NT News - - NEWS - JU­DITH AISTHORPE

DE­TEC­TIVES have re­turned to Lar­rimah al­most a year since out­back lar­rikin Paddy Mo­ri­arty was last seen.

The 70-year-old man and his dog Kel­lie went miss­ing from the way­side town of 11 peo­ple un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances.

He is pre­sumed dead and po­lice be­lieve the only plau­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion for his dis­ap­pear­ance is that he met with foul play.

Ma­jor Crime Squad de­tec­tive Sergeant Matt Allen said a cou­ple of of­fi­cers made the five-hour trip down to Lar­rimah this week to talk to the res­i­dents.

“North­ern Ter­ri­tory Po­lice have been con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the dis­ap­pear­ance of Paddy Mo­ri­arty and were con­duct­ing rou­tine in­quiries in the town this week,” Sgt Allen said.

“NT Po­lice car­ried out fresh in­ter­views with res­i­dents on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day to see if they could elicit any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion to as­sist with the case.

“No ar­rests have been made yet in re­la­tion to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, how­ever, in­ves­ti­ga­tors are con­tin­u­ing to call for in­for­ma­tion.”

The dis­ap­pear­ance sparked a wide­spread air and land search around the town.

Au­thor­i­ties searched hun­dreds of ar­eas of in­ter­est in the bush – in­clud­ing old World War II sites sur­round­ing Gor­rie Air­field. The town’s dam was also scoured for clues.

Paddy was last seen at the Lar­rimah Pink Pan­ther Ho­tel at 6pm on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 16, 2017.

The alarm, how­ever, wasn’t raised un­til sev­eral days later when pub­li­can Barry Sharp be­came wor­ried as he hadn’t vis­ited the pub in days.

Po­lice found Paddy’s back door un­locked and his bed look­ing as if it had been sat on, but not slept in.

“Some­one out there knows what has hap­pened to Paddy and his dog Kel­lie. If you have any in­for­ma­tion about their dis­ap­pear­ance, please, con­tact po­lice,” Sgt Allen said.

In June, an in­quest was held in Kather­ine, about two hours up the Stu­art High­way from Lar­rimah.

Sgt Allen told the in­quest he and his col­leagues had taken al­most 100 state­ments as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Paddy’s dis­ap­pear­ance, which re­mains on­go­ing.

The dis­ap­pear­ance sparked wide­spread me­dia at­ten­tion and even a six-part pod­cast.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice on 131 444 or Crime Stop­pers 1800 333 000.

“Some­one out there knows what has hap­pened to Paddy” DE­TEC­TIVE SERGEANT MATT ALLEN

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