24 Jan 2005

Australian police and forensic scientists to investigate car linked to Norfolk Island murder

8:06 pm on 24 January 2005

The search for the killer of a woman murdered on Norfolk Island nearly three years ago is being stepped up after the discovery of an abandoned car thought to be connected to the death.

The stabbed and brutalised body of Sydney woman Jannelle Patton was found at the Cockpit Waterfall Reserve on March 31st in 2002.

Norfolk police sergeant Larry Andrews says they had been anxious to locate a 1984 white Honda sedan.

"This vehicle has now been located on Norfolk Island. It's now in police custody and a team of detectives and forensic scientists are coming over from Australia in the next couple of weeks to pull the car apart and basically, hopefully, find some more clues in that car."

Sergeant Andrews says the car had been pushed off the road and was hidden from view by trees.

He says its number plates had also been removed.