Police in the Northern Territory are investigating new claims surrounding the whereabouts of murdered British backpacker Peter Falconio‘s remains. The fresh pursuit reportedly comes on the basis of an anonymous letter.
Falconio was murdered by Bradley John Murdoch in the Territory Outback in July 2001 while on a backpacking trip, but his remains were never found despite extensive searches.
According to the letter, which apparently came from someone claiming to be an Aussie expat now living in London, said that Murdoch rang a criminal associate and met him in the Outback, where he took the remains, cut them up, distributed them in multiple waterproof bags and dissolve them in acid.
The following excerpt comes from the NT News.
Murdoch had cut the body up and put it in two large … bags that were watertight and smell proof. He told (the associate) to go straight back to Perth and dissolve the body parts in acid and put what was left in (Perth’s) Swan River.
The letter alleges that the associate caught the train to Perth to avoid attracting attention to the bags. “Later he realised who he had buried and was in a bad way about it,” it reads.
Murdoch was convicted in 2005 of murdering Falconio, 28, and assaulting his girlfriend Joanne Lees near Barrow Creek, north of Alice Springs, on July 14, 2001.