National Geographic Dan Vergano 6 March 2014
Solving “cold case” homicides relies more on the emergence of new witnesses, a study suggests, than on the DNA analyses and other forensic techniques celebrated in crime dramas.
In a new Journal of Forensic Sciences report, researchers take a first systematic look at such cases and conclude that old-fashioned police work and fresh witnesses look like the keys to solving cold case murders.
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Gold Coast Bulletin 6 March 2014
UPDATED 2.30PM: POLICE have finished excavating a Mt Nathan property as part of an investigation into Gold Coast woman Novy Chardon’s disappearance, and will forensically examine several items.
Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 7 March 2014
The Gold Coast man whose back yard has this week been excavated in the search for Novy Chardon’s remains has not been formally interviewed by detectives, his lawyer says.
Investigators descended on Dave Babbington’s Mount Nathan home on Tuesday evening and spent two days digging up the backyard in search of a white ute, which was eventually found about noon on Thursday.
They have found no evidence of Mrs Chardon’s remains at the site.
Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros 7 March 2014
Four months after testifying at the 2011 coronial inquest into Daniel’s disappearance, Mr Cowan was charged with the 13-year-old schoolboy’s abduction and murder.
He avoided having to return to the witness box during his trial in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Thursday, but has maintained his innocence, pleading not guilty to one count each of murder, indecently dealing with a child under the age of 16 and improperly dealing with a corpse.
The onus of proof lies with the prosecution in a criminal trial, leaving the defendant with no obligation to take the stand or adduce evidence.
ABC News 6 March 2014
A police officer has described the day when the man accused of murdering Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe was arrested.
Brett Peter Cowan has pleaded not guilty to the 13-year-old boy’s abduction and murder in 2003 on the Sunshine Coast.
Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros March 6, 2014
Daniel Morcombe’s accused killer Brett Peter Cowan has decided not to testify at his Supreme Court trial in Brisbane.
After 16 days, 116 witnesses and 218 exhibits, the prosecution closed its case against Mr Cowan on Thursday morning.
Justice Roslyn Atkinson asked Mr Cowan whether he intended to give evidence, or call evidence.
Brisbane Times Kristian Silva March 6, 2014
Police have found a white ute, that may be linked with the disappearance of Novy Chardon, in the backyard of a Gold Coast hinterland property.
Investigators have not found any evidence that Mrs Chardon’s remains are at the Mount Nathan site.
A radar machine was brought to the Eden Park Court home before 1pm and it is being used to scan deeper below the surface, as investigators continue to look for clues relating to Mrs Chardon’s disappearance.
Brisbane Times Kristian Silva March 5, 2014
he lawyer representing the man whose Gold Coast backyard is being searched by police says his client had nothing to do with Novy Chardon’s disappearance.
Detectives began digging up the backyard of the Mount Nathan home, on the Gold Coast hinterland, about 5pm Tuesday.
By 3.30pm on Wednesday, they were yet to reveal whether they had found any of Mrs Chardon’s remains during their search for a buried ute which may be linked to her disappearance.
Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros March 5, 2014
Police are digging up the backyard of a Gold Coast property in their search for missing mother Novy Chardon.
Ms Chardon was last seen on the night of February 6, 2013. Police believe she was murdered.
Forensic officers began excavating the backyard of a Mount Nathan property on Tuesday night in a bid to recover a buried ute.