AUSSIES TO PROBE NORFOLK ISLAND MURDER

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 31) - A colonial inquest is due to begin into the only recorded murder on Norfolk Island.

The inquest is being held on the island and will investigate the death of 29-year-old Sydney woman Janelle Patton.

Ms Patton had been living on Norfolk Island for two and a half years when her body was found, with multiple stab wounds, wrapped in black plastic near a local waterfall on Easter Sunday 2002.

In August of the same year, the Australian Federal Police took voluntary fingerprints of more than 1,000 islanders and visitors but it is understood that up to a quarter the island's population didn't participate.

The Commonwealth and the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly recently tripled the reward for information on Ms Patton's death.

May 31, 2004

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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