Cops renew clue quest
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