ALEX HEINKE reports.
Two Queenslanders are among the alleged killers, sex predators and fraudsters identified as part of an annual manhunt launched by police forces around Australia and Crime Stoppers.
Police and Crime Stoppers have released details and images of 18 men and one woman, who are being sought by authorities across Australia on charges ranging from murder to sex crimes.
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One of the Queenslanders named is Michael Davinson Tillman, 43, who stabbed a man nine times and bit off part of someone’s nose in two separate incidents on the Gold Coast is among Australia’s most wanted fugitives.
The other, 48-year-old Kenneth Robert Cook is wanted for serious sex crimes from 1996 to 2002.
Last year the nationwide manhunt resulted in seven arrests, according to Samantha Hunter, the chief executive of Crime Stoppers Victoria.
“We had an offender who offended in Victoria who was located in WA and he was extradited to face his offences here in Victoria,” she said.
Police are hoping the public may again be able to help identify the most-wanted fugitives.
“We’re asking every community member to ask everybody to be the eyes and ears of the policing, so please, get on board and have a look,” Ms Hunter said.
“When people move interstate, the police forces often don’t know where they’ve moved to.”