Stunning development in search for backpacker Peter Falconio as human remains are found in the Outback near where he and girlfriend Joanne Lees were ambushed more than 20 years ago in case that gripped Australia
Detectives are investigating if the remains of backpacker Peter Falconio may have been discovered near the last place he was seen alive.
Bone fragments were found this week near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory just a few hundred kilometres from where he was shot in 2001.
The area where the remains have been found is consistent with where authorities have always believed his body was dumped by his convicted killer, Bradley Murdoch.
Northern Territory police have done multiple searches for the British tourist’s body over the years and remained hopeful of finding it.
Remains discovered in 2003, 2004 and 2007 came up with nothing connected to Mr Falconio, Nine Newspapers reported.
The remains of backpacker Peter Falconio (pictured, with his girlfriend Joanne Lees) may have been discovered near the last place he was seen alive.
Northern Territory police have done multiple searches for the British tourist’s body over the years and remained hopeful of finding his remains (pictured, Mr Falconio and Ms Lees)
‘We have been down this track before so we are not jumping to any conclusions,’ one Northern Territory detective said.
Bradley Murdoch (pictured) who was convicted of murdering Mr Falconio has maintained his innocence
Police said the age and location of the bones found this week are a close match to Mr Falconio’s case.
Forensic experts will find out if they belong to the backpacker using DNA and dental records.
Murdoch has refused to tell police where the body is located and has maintained his innocence.
Peter and girlfriend Joanne Lees were in a campervan driving along the remote Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Darwin on July 14, 2001.
They were pulled over by drug-runner Bradley Murdoch who shot Mr Falconio and tried to abduct Ms Lees.
She managed to escape, hiding in the bush for hours until she flagged down a truck and raised the alarm – but no trace of her boyfriend’s body has ever been found.
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Peter and girlfriend Joanne Lees were in a campervan driving along the remote Stuart Highway (pictured) between Alice Springs and Darwin on July 14, 2001
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