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Riverbank search resumes for Lateesha

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016

A search continues for the remains of Lateesha Nolan, who was murdered by her cousin Malcolm Naden nearly 12 years ago, at a riverbank near Dubbo.

A thigh bone was found by a member of the public on the banks of the Macquarie River south of Dubbo in November, with police confirming it belonged to the 24-year-old mother of four.

Homicide squad detectives commenced searching the riverbank near Butlers Falls on Tuesday, with the operation starting again just after 8am on Wednesday.

Local police and members of the Volunteer Rescue Association are involved in the search.

Ms Nolan was murdered in January 2005 at the hands of Naden. He strangled her in her car after becoming angry during an argument, then dismembered her body and buried it beside the Macquarie River.

Naden then went on the run for seven years before being captured in 2012 after one of the state's biggest manhunts.

After his arrest Naden pleaded guilty to Ms Nolan's murder and led officers to the site in 2012 where excavations were carried out but her remains were not found.

Ms Nolan's father Mick Peet flew from Queensland to Dubbo to visit the spot where the bone was found.

He said he used to take his daughter swimming at Butlers Falls when she was little.

"This is a start. That is what I am hoping for," he told Dubbo's The Daily Liberal newspaper.

"We always wondered if he was telling the truth about where he buried her. I guess he was," Mr Peet said.

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