Cops back to study Larrimah mystery
Police have returned to the tiny outback town of Larrimah to make more inquiries into the disappearance of 70-year-old Paddy Moriarty, who vanished with his dog a year ago after a night at the hotel on the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory.
Locals said officers were believed to have made the 500km trip south from Darwin after receiving fresh information that might have been overlooked during previous inquiries. One person suggested the information could lead to a search of a property outside Larrimah, although that remained unconfirmed last night.
Detective Sergeant Matt Allen from the NT Major Crime Squad confirmed the activity on the Moriarty case. “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,’’ he said.
“No arrests have been made yet in relation to the investigation, however investigators are continuing to call for information and aren’t ruling out future searches.”
Mr Moriarty, an Irish-born pensioner, has not been seen since leaving the Pink Panther hotel with a red-brown kelpie at sunset last December 16. Police are treating his disappearance as an unsolved homicide although no remains have been found.
Only a handful of people live in Larrimah, a town riven by several bizarre feuds brought to national attention, including through The Australian’s award-winning podcast series Lost in Larrimah, about the Moriarty case. Residents deny any involvement in Mr Moriarty’s disappearance, and some have grown weary of the ongoing interest by outsiders.
An inquest earlier this year heard that Mr Moriarty had left home without his hat or bank card and that death threats had been made against him by other locals. The inquest also heard stories of peacocks fed to crocodiles, pet buffalo baked into pies and that Mr Moriarty had quarrelled with a man living opposite his caravan shortly before he disappeared.
The inquest was adjourned “part-heard” in June.