Police combing NSW riverbank for remains of murdered woman Lateesha Nolan

A major search is currently underway at a riverbank near Butlers Falls in NSW, after DNA confirmed a bone located south of Dubbo last month belongs to murdered woman Lateesha Nolan.

A member of the public made the gruesome discovery, with analysis confirming the bone belonged to the 24-year-old, who disappeared in 2005.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Mick Willing, said detectives are determined to find the rest of Lateesha’s remains.


“We now know we are looking at the right spot, which is near the 2012 excavation, but changes to the terrain have meant this area was unexposed at that time,” Det Supt Willing said.

“The loss of a loved one is never easy to deal with, but the grief can be even harder to overcome when you can’t lay them to rest.

“For more than a decade investigators have been following every line of inquiry in hope of ending the family’s search for answers.

“We hope we will soon be able allow them to properly – and respectfully – say goodbye,” Det Supt Willing said.

A man was convicted of her murder in 2012.

The search operation is expected to take a number of days.