原文はこちら Police test DNA of suspect in backpacker case
Wed 12 Jun 2002
A MAN in custody over a recent stabbing death in Sydney is also being investigated over the di sappearance and suspected murder of the British backpacker, Peter Falconio.
It is understood police made an arrest in Sydney on an unrelated matter, but that the profile of the detainee could match that of the suspect.
Mr Falconio, 28, is believed to have been shot as he travelled in a camper van on Stuart Highw ay, north of Alice Springs, with his girlfriend, Joanne Lees.
According to Australian media reports, DNA from the arrested man is to be compared with a samp le taken from the clothing of Miss Lees.
Miss Lees, 28, from Almondbury, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, told police that after they were ambushed, the attacker tied her up but she managed to escape into the bush, where she hi d for six hours while he searched for her with his dog.
She said she heard a gunshot and police have been working on the theory that Mr Falconio, from Hepworth, near Huddersfield, was shot, although his body has never been recovered. A spokesma n for New South Wales Police said the force "has been assisting Northern Territory Police regarding the disappearance of Peter Falconio.
"We are unable to make further comment due to legal and operational reasons."
Northern Territory Police, which conducted one of Australia’s largest manhunts following the disappearance of Mr Falconio, played down reports that there had been a major breakthrough in the case.
After Mr Falconio disappeared, police sealed off roads and used Aboriginal trackers, helicopte rs and motorcycles to scour the outback for their suspect and Mr Falconio’s body.
A spokesman for Northern Territory Police said that they were unable to confirm details about the arrested man, adding that he was "a person of interest, just like hundreds of others".