Northern Territory Police have announced a $250,000 reward for anyone with information on missing Larrimah man Paddy Moriarty, who disappeared along with his kelpie Kellie three years ago.
The subject of The Australian’s wildly popular Lost in Larrimah podcast and the ABC News documentary Where’s Paddy?, 70-year-old Moriarty was a colourful character from the tiny NT town, which is situated 500km southeast of Darwin.
With a population of just 11 people at the time Moriarty vanished on December 16, 2017, police have long believed that someone indeed knows something – but they are now certain that Moriarty was, in fact, murdered.
Paddy Moriarty and his kelpie, Kellie. Source: Supplied
While some theories have been floating around that Moriarty took off on his own accord, NT Police confirm that the case is still an active murder investigation. Detective Sergeant Matthew Allen, who has worked on the Paddy Moriarty case since 2017, said the following in a statement on the Northern Territory Police website:
Somebody knows what happened. A 70-year-old man and his dog don’t just disappear from a tiny outback town. Police believe Paddy has been murdered. We are offering a reward of $250,000 for information leading to the location of his body and the conviction of the person or people responsible for his death. The case will only be closed when it is solved.
According to the ABC, he added in a pre-recorded video about the Paddy Moriarty reward money: “It is hard to keep a secret. Someone out there knows what happened. We want them to come forward and help us solve a murder. You may be eligible for immunity from prosecution.”
Detective Sergeant Matthew Allen with the posters that have been put up around Larrimah.
Source: NT Police
DS Allen added: “We continue to follow up information from the public… A number of people have been eliminated from our inquiries. There are obviously still persons of interest in relation to this murder. Certainly some are a lot stronger than others – they know who they are.”
If you have any information about the disappearance of Paddy Moriarty, contact the police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can check out podcasts on the case HERE and HERE, and the ABC News documentary below.