Breakthrough in horrific case of missing teen Hayley Dodd as police search her killer’s remote property after refusing to reveal where he dumped her body
- Convicted rapist Francis John Wark, 65, murdered 17-year-old teenage Hayley Dodd
- She was last seen alive in 1999 walking along a road some 200 km north of Perth
- Tip-off could lead police to possible remains of Hayley Dodd, missing since 1999
Police are searching a remote property in Western Australia after receiving a tip about the possible location of a missing teenager’s body.
Convicted rapist Francis Wark once lived at the address, in Badgingarra, 200 km north of Perth.
Last week, Wark was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the manslaughter of Hayley Dodd, who was 17 when she went missing in late July 1999.
The death sentence imposed on Dodd was the longest in Western Australia’s criminal history.
Hayley Dodd (pictured above) went missing hitchhiking in a remote area of Western Australia in 1999 – Francis Wark was eventually charged with her manslaughter
Convicted rapist Francis Wark (pictured) killed the teen but refuses to reveal where her remains are
The body of Mrs. Dodd, who was last seen hitchhiking near Wark’s property, has never been found, with the killer stubbornly refusing to reveal the exact location of her remains.
Wark has repeatedly denied any knowledge of the teen’s whereabouts, but a cold case review in 2013 discovered an earring Dodd was wearing on a seat cover of a car Wark was driving the moment she disappeared.
After the recent tip from the police, a crime scene has been established on the Badgingarra site.
Investigators also confirmed there were ‘no significant developments’ on Tuesday, with forensic and specialist crime officials expected to return to the property on Wednesday, said Nine news.
At the time of her disappearance, Hayley Dodd was carrying a map of Western Australia, $ 5 change and a pocket knife for protection as she hitchhiked to visit a friend.
It was July 29, 1999, and Dodd was taking her first big steps out into the world on her own. She would never be seen alive again.
The lucky boy was on her way from Dongara, a fishing village 350 km northwest of Perth, to Moora, about two hours southwest of Wheatbelt State, when she disappeared.
She was only 152 cm tall and weighed just over 40 kg. She didn’t look older than 14 or 15.
In comparison, Wark was a physically imposing man who had worked on the railways. He had also done farm work, including shearing and was a gardener at Badgingarra Primary School.
The 43-year-old shared his home with a well-known pedophile and had a history of cannabis and alcohol abuse.
Wark had lived on North West Road near Badgingarra, where Hayley was last seen, for 15 years, and was considered an important person interested in her disappearance.
Francis Wark (pictured above) was sentenced to 18 years in prison for Hayley Dodd’s murder in 1999
Hayley Dodd was 17 when she disappeared 22 years ago while hitchhiking near Badgingarra, 200km north of Perth
A striking blue earring (pictured) wearing Hayley Dodd was later found in a car once owned by Wark
Finally, in 2013, police conducted a cold case review after the coroner announced an inquest.
Wark was subsequently interviewed and charged by the police in connection with the case.
He had been behind bars for 12 years after kidnapping and raping a hitchhiker in Queensland in 2007. He never admitted to killing Dodd.
Wark was recently sentenced by Justice Stephen Hall to 18 years with a minimum term of 16 years, describing the Dodd case as the “worst homicide the state had ever seen.”
The longest sentence for manslaughter in Western Australia had previously been 12 years.
“You intended to sexually assault Mrs. Dodd, she resisted and followed a violent attack,” Justice Hall said.
Her vulnerability was clear. Your motivation was to achieve your own sexual satisfaction, regardless of her desires or well-being. ‘