Manhunt ramping up for suspect
THE manhunt for New South Wales's most wanted man has been beefed up, with police bringing in army special forces weaponry and helicopters with sniper platforms to find the suspect wanted over the disappearance of a Bundaberg man's daughter.
Mick Peet's daughter Lateesha Nolan went missing almost seven years ago and Malcolm Naden is the number one suspect in her disappearance.
Mr Peet said the search had him glued to media reports and the phone as he prayed for answers about his daughter.
While searches had been done for Naden in the past, none have been as big as the one now taking place in the dense bushland at Nowendoc.
"I'm very hopeful they will catch him," Mr Peet said.
"Then I will be one step closer to finding out what happened to my daughter."
Lateesha, Naden's cousin, went missing in 2005, just months after he allegedly murdered 24-year-old Kristy Scholes.
"I can't keep up with all the news," Mr Peet said.
"I can't get off the computer."
Mr Peet said that, after many years of promoting the search for his daughter, he was pleased that everyone now knew how dangerous Naden was.
"I've got all of Australia with me now," he said.
"This is what I've been trying to do for almost seven years."
January 7 will mark the seven-year anniversary of his daughter's mysterious disappearance from Dubbo.
"The thing before was he was going to places and people weren't recognising him, but I don't think there will be anyone who doesn't know that face now," Mr Peet said.
The father said he feared Naden would be killed in the search if things turned violent.
"It could go two ways," he said.
"Either they bring him in and he faces justice or he could be killed and I will never find anything out about my daughter."
Mr Peet said the whole experience was awful for everyone involved.
"I feel for all of the families," he said.
"Even his mother and father must be going through a troubling time."