Dad tells how he found bones in search for murdered daughter

Mikey and Mick Peet with a tribute to Lateesha Nolan.
Mikey and Mick Peet with a tribute to Lateesha Nolan. Crystal Jones

MICK Peet wouldn't rest until his daughter was found - even if it meant searching for her remains after the official search party had left.

The Innes Park man's daughter Lateesha Nolan went missing in 2005 and in 2012 former fugitive Malcolm Naden was charged with her Dubbo murder.

Last week, campers found a bone at Butlers Falls in New South Wales, prompting Mr Peet to travel south with son Mikey in an effort to join the search and comfort family and friends.

"The day after the detectives left they reopened the site to the public and we went down there and thought we'd have a look and found the extra bones," Mr Peet said.

The heartbroken dad said he believed he had found his daughter's leg bone, but was waiting on forensic tests to confirm it.

"Me and Mikey went out there and they sent a detective to come and pick it up," he said.

"It was sort of right on the edge of the water and it was right where we found the first bones."

The bittersweet news that some of his daughter's remains had been recovered had been yet another blow to Mr Peet, whose life was turned upside down by his daughter's death.

A detective at the scene of the search.
A detective at the scene of the search.

"I had a heart attack not long after Lateesha was murdered - the doctors said 'it's played a toll on you'," he said.

"For seven years I didn't really sleep."

But through it all, Mr Peet was determined to see his daughter's killer brought to justice.

A poem written for Lateesha Nolan by her dad Mick Peet.
A poem written for Lateesha Nolan by her dad Mick Peet. Crystal Jones

"I just kept at the media and I knew the net was getting tighter and tighter," he said.

"Just persistence got him, I feel that.

"I was never gonna give up."

Mr Peet said it was especially hard that the place Lateesha's remains were found was a place he once took his children.

Mick and Mikey Peet at the memorial set up for Lateesha Nolan.
Mick and Mikey Peet at the memorial set up for Lateesha Nolan.

"I knew this day was going to happen one day and the whole time on the plane I was thinking about Lateesha," he said.

"It's a heartbreaking feeling to know it was the last place Lateesha was alive.

"I'm just so glad now that Lateesha's going to have some kind of final resting place."

Lateesha Nolan
Lateesha Nolan

Mr Peet said it would take about two weeks for the additional bones to be identified, and once they were confirmed as Lateesha's a memorial could be planned.

"I have had not much sleep over the last few days," he said.

"Me and my son are pulling through this the best we can."

Mr Peet said he was grateful for the support network that had be there in his and his family's time of need, including Leave A Light On foundation's Suzie Ratcliffe who included a special tribute to Lateesha at an event for missing people in October.

Malcolm Naden
Malcolm Naden

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