Coroner has doubts over missing girl confession

A CONVICTED armed robber has admitted he was involved in the abduction and murder of a Bundagen teenager 10 years ago but the Coroner has expressed doubts regarding the confession.

The criminal was just 15 years-old when local teen Rose Howell disappeared in 2003.

The criminal's "admission" was revealed as a coroner yesterday gave his findings into the 18-year-old's disappearance - which he ruled could not definitely be linked to the man, who may have only put himself forward to get publicity while in jail.

Ms Howell was last seen as she tried to hitchhike from Bellingen after using the local library's computers to prepare invitations for her 19th birthday party.

She did not return to her Bundagen home and her family have not seen or heard from her since.

Last December the inmate, "Prisoner A", contacted Crime Stoppers to claim responsibilty along with an unidentified accomplice for Ms Howell's death.

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