What police think Malcolm Naden may look like now.
What police think Malcolm Naden may look like now. Contributed

Weather hampers murder manhunt

THE hunt for an accused murderer who is a suspect in the disappearance of a Bundaberg man's daughter is being hampered by wet weather.

Police launched a massive manhunt for New South Wales' most wanted man, Malcolm John Naden, after he allegedly shot a police officer with a sniper rifle during a search near Tamworth on Wednesday.

The daughter of Bundaberg dad Mick Peet, Lateesha Nolan, went missing in 2005 and Naden, her cousin, has been on the run ever since.

Police investigations were yesterday being hampered by wet weather, with police helicopters unable to take to the air and visibility said to be difficult on the ground.

But searches still continued, with officers on the ground ploughing through the dense bushland in their hunt for Naden, who is also accused of murdering another cousin and indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

The officer who was shot in the shoulder is recovering at home.



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