Katherine may be key to finding Paddy

An inquest into the mysterious disappearance of Paddy Moriarty will be held in Katherine next week.
An inquest into the mysterious disappearance of Paddy Moriarty will be held in Katherine next week.

Katherine will hopefully be the key to unlocking the mystery of the disappearance of Paddy Moriarty from Larrimah.

An inquest will be held over two days here next week, to try and find out what happened to Paddy, and his dog Kellie.

Judge Greg Cavanagh will question police and Larrimah locals on what likely happened to Paddy back in December last year.

Mr Moriarty was last seen at the Larrimah Hotel at 6pm on Saturday, December 16.

Despite an extensive search of the town and surrounds, nothing has been seen of him since.

Katherine volunteers have searched the tiny town’s tip, police divers have checked the town dam – nothing.

Paddy Moriarty.

Paddy Moriarty.

Colourful Larrimah baker Fran Hodgett has even dropped into the Katherine Times’ office several times to protect her innocence over persistent rumors she was somehow involved in the disappearance.

The mystery of Paddy has created interest around Australia and featured on the national media.

Fran said there was a lot of local gossip about her involvement in Paddy’s disappearance.

“I may not have liked him but I had nothing to do with it (disappearance), and I don’t know who did,” she said.

Fran Hodgett.

Fran Hodgett.

The Larrimah dam was searched by divers in March.

Detective Sergeant Matt Allen said the investigation was continuing with places of interest being systematically searched.

“Over the last week police divers, detectives and forensic investigators searched Larrimah Dam, which is located approximately one kilometre west of Larrimah.

“The dam can now be eliminated as a possible place Mr Moriarty could be.”

Detective Sergeant Allen said investigators would now move on to the next site of interest.

Mr Moriarty is described as Caucasian, 70 years of age, medium build with tanned appearance, around 178cm tall with short black/grey hair and a moustache.

The Larrimah Dam was searched by divers.

The Larrimah Dam was searched by divers.

He was wearing dark-coloured shorts, singlet, thongs and a baseball style cap. It is possible he was in company with his red Kelpie.

Larrimah is 160km south-east of Katherine with a population of 11.

The inquest will be held at Katherine Local Court next Thursday and Friday, starting at 10am each day.

The public is allowed to attend.

Police have asked anyone who was in or travelled through Larrimah on December 16, 2017 and who hasn’t yet spoken to police to please contact them on 131 444 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”