Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Lateesha Jane NOLAN

Personal Details
Sex: Female
Year of Birth: 1980
At Time of Disappearance on the 930PM Tuesday 4 January 2005
Age: 24
Height (cm): 165.0
Build: Medium
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Green/Hazel
Complexion: Medium
Racial: Aboriginal
Circumstances: Lateesha was last seen in Dubbo.

Police are investigating possible links between the murder of an Aboriginal woman in the NSW central west and the suspicious disappearance of a close relative.
The body of Kristy Scholes, 24, a mother of two, was found by police in a locked room at a West Dubbo home, after she was reported missing by a friend that afternoon.

Police issued an arrest warrant for 31-year-old Malcolm Naden in August 2005 in connection with the death of 24-year-old mother-of-two Kristy Scholes and the disappearance of his cousin, Leteesha Nolan.

Police seek man on run after cousin found dead
By Les Kennedy August 22, 2005
For the past 16 years Malcolm John Naden lived a hermit-like existence in a sparsely furnished bedroom at his grandparents' home in Dubbo. He kept the door bolt locked from the inside.

He would leave his sanctuary through the bedroom window, though in the past year he rarely ventured outside. His reading material included the Bible, encyclopedias and books about bush survival.

The stocky, quiet, 31-year-old unemployed shearer and former skinner and boner at Dubbo abattoir also sketched, but police will not reveal the nature of the drawings they found in his room last July 23.

They had broken into the room that day and found the strangled body of his cousin Kristy Scholes, 24, on the floor beside his single bed. She had been missing for two days and the alarm was raised when one of her two small children was found crying outside the home, in Bumblegumbie Road.

His disappearance and the murder of Ms Scholes, who had been living in the home while her neighbouring house was being painted, has also been linked with the disappearance last January of another cousin of Mr Naden, Lateesha Nolan, 24.

Ms Nolan was last seen at 9pm on January 4, when she dropped off two of her four children at the same house. The next night her blue 1996 Ford Falcon station wagon was found in acar park in the town centre, four kilometres away.

Homicide squad detectives yesterday made a statewide appeal for information on Mr Naden's whereabouts.

The head of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Bryne Ruse, said police believed Mr Naden had fled to another town, to Sydney or had taken to living off the land with his knowledge of bush skills.

Sergeant Ruse said police also wanted to speak to Mr Naden about the disappearance of Ms Nolan.

Anyone with information on Ms Nolan's disappearance and the murder of Ms Scholes are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Police fear for missing NSW mother
ABC Australia Online
Police in the central-west New South Wales are going statewide in their appeal for help in finding a Dubbo woman who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Lateesha Jane Nolan left her grandmothers house saying she would be right back, but has not been seen since.

The 24-year-old's blue station wagon was found the next day abandoned on the other side of town near the Macquarie River.

Aerial and extensive searches of the river have found no sign of Ms Nolan.

Dubbo Crime Manager Mick Willing says police hold grave concerns for the safety of the mother of four.

"It's completely out of character for her to be away from her kids for any length or period of time," he said

Ms Nolan is described as 165 cm tall with brown hair and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and tracksuit pants.