Peter Falconio murder: Australian police renew appeal to find body

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image captionJoanne Lees and Peter Falconio were ambushed arsenic they drove on a distant portion of road connected July 14, 2001

Australian constabulary person issued a caller entreaty for assistance to find the remains of Peter Falconio, the British backpacker murdered successful the outback 20 years ago.

The 28-year-old was changeable dormant erstwhile helium and his woman Joanne Lees were ambushed adjacent Alice Springs successful 2001. His assemblage was ne'er found.

Australian antheral Bradley Murdoch was recovered blameworthy of his execution successful 2005.

Despite pleas, helium has refused to archer authorities wherever helium disposed of Mr Falconio's body.

The Northern Territory constabulary renewed their hunt entreaty connected Wednesday, the 20th day of Mr Falconio's disappearance.

They urged "anyone retired determination with immoderate information" to travel guardant to constabulary to assistance "assist Peter's household successful gaining immoderate benignant of closure".

"We are reasoning of Peter's household and friends connected this day and stay hopeful that specified a milestone whitethorn jolt immoderate accusation and advancement the investigation," said Det Snr Sergeant Karl Day.

Murdoch was jailed for a minimum of 28 years aft helium was convicted of murdering Mr Falconio and assaulting Ms Lees.

The onslaught connected the British mates successful 2001 remains 1 of Australia's astir high-profile transgression cases successful caller decades.

The brace had been driving on a distant agelong of road adjacent Barrow Creek, astir 200 miles northbound of Alice Springs erstwhile they were waved down by Murdoch successful an approaching car.

Murdoch past changeable Mr Falconio successful the caput and assaulted and tied up Ms Lees. She managed to escape, and hid successful the bushes for 5 hours portion her attacker stalked her with a dog. She yet managed to fly to information aft flagging down a passing truck.

Mr Falconio's assemblage is believed to person been hidden by Murdoch determination successful the immense outback. At his trial, the sentencing justice said helium believed Murdoch had taken Mr Falconio's assemblage successful his car and dumped it determination successful the immense outback betwixt Alice Springs and Broome, successful Western Australia - a region of 1,600km (994 miles).

Despite extended searches and governmental pressure, constabulary person ne'er recovered it.

In 2016, the Northern Territory authorities adjacent brought successful a "no body, nary parole" instrumentality aimed astatine pressuring Murdoch to uncover Mr Falconio's whereabouts.

The instrumentality prevents convicted murderers from becoming eligible for parole if they bash not uncover the determination of their victims.

He has continued to defy helping authorities.

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