Police are looking for new leads in the case of British backpacker Peter Falconio (Photo: AP/PA)

New information has raised hopes of a breakthrough in the hunt for a British backpacker who was murdered more than 20 years ago.

Peter Falconio, 28, and his girlfriend Joanne Lees were in a campervan when they were stopped by drug dealer Bradley Murdoch in 2001.

Murdoch shoots Falconio dead and tries to kidnap Lees before he escapes and sounds the alarm.

The backpacker’s body was never found, and only hours after his mother issued a plea for emotional help on the 21st.st anniversary of his death the police are on the hunt for new leads.

It came after South Australian politician Frank Pangallo demanded a $1 million reward for information that would lead police to the body.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE: Undated collected photo files of murdered backpackers Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees.  Police have requested information to find the body of the British backpacker who was murdered in Australia on the 20th anniversary of his disappearance.  Publish date: Wednesday 14 July 2021. PA photo.  Bradley Murdoch was convicted in 2005 of killing Falconio, 28, and assaulting his girlfriend Ms Lees at gunpoint on a remote highway near Barrow Creek, about 200 miles north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, on July 14, 2001. See PA Falconio POLICE story.  Must read photo credit: PA/PA wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos of this flyer may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustrations of events, things, or people in the images or facts mentioned in the captions.  Reuse of images may require further permission from the copyright holder.  - 10692497

Peter was in a campervan with his girlfriend Joanna Lees when he was shot dead (Photo: PA/AP)

Peter Falconio pictured with his girlfriend Joanne Lees THE MURDER OF PETER FALCONIO CASE, AUSTRALIA - 2001 Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (556747a) - 10692497

Joanna managed to escape her boyfriend’s killer when she hid in the bush for hours after she was killed (Photo: REX/Shutterstock)

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA: Bradley John Murdoch (center) surrounded by police arriving at Darwin airport from Adelaide November 24, 2003. One of Australia

Bradley Murdoch found guilty of Peter’s murder in 2005 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

He said today: ‘I received an email this morning from someone who was in the area the day after the murder.

He said he saw a vehicle similar to the one Murdoch used parked on the side of the road near a culvert and bridge.

“He remembers passing by and saying it was unusual that the driver was parked in that position. He did alert the police at the time but heard nothing else.

“I will definitely pass it on to the police to see if they will go there in person to look into it.”

The Daily Mail revealed today that police had conducted a five-day search of an inland well in 2019, as officers searched for the body.

Police pumped 15m of water out of a remote waterhole 1km from the murder site near Barrow Creek – 300km north of Alice Springs – but nothing was found.

Luciano, right, and Joan Falconio, parents of Peter Falconio, arrive at the Northern Territory Supreme Court in Darwin, Australia on Monday, December 12, 2005 to hear the Chief Justice's summary for the jury in the trial of Bradley John Murdoch.  Murdoch, a mechanic is accused of murdering British backpacker Peter Falconio who was traveling with Joanne Lees on a deserted outback highway.  (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)

Luciano and Joan Falconio, parents of Peter Falconio, issued an appeal on the 21st anniversary of their son’s death (Photo: AP)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Hutchison/EPA/REX/Shutterstock (8255586a) Supreme Court of Adelaide 10 November 2003: Bradley Murdock Arrested by Police at Adelaide's Sir Samuel Way Courthouse and Taken to Bradley City Watch Building John Murdoch 45 Arrested Out of Court After He Was Freed Of Sex Offenses Immediately After Case Ended He Was Arrested Under Warrant Issued by Northern Territory Police For The Murder Of British Tourist Peter Falconio in Northern Territory in 2001 He Will Be Tried in Adelaide Magistrates Court Tomorrow Where Nt Police Will Officially Seek His Extradition to Darwin Australia Adelaide Australia Bradley Murdoch Sentence - Nov 2003

Bradley Murdoch was arrested and later found guilty of Peter’s murder (Image: Hutchison/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE: Undated collected photo files of murdered backpackers Peter Falconio and Joanne Lees.  Police have requested information to find the body of the British backpacker who was murdered in Australia on the 20th anniversary of his disappearance.  Publish date: Wednesday 14 July 2021. PA photo.  Bradley Murdoch was convicted in 2005 of killing Falconio, 28, and assaulting his girlfriend Ms Lees at gunpoint on a remote highway near Barrow Creek, about 200 miles north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, on July 14, 2001. See PA Falconio POLICE story.  Must read photo credit: PA/PA wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos of this flyer may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustrations of events, things, or people in the images or facts mentioned in the captions.  Reuse of images may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Peter and his girlfriend Joanna were traveling in Australia when he was killed (Photo: PA)

Falconio’s parents, Joan, 75, and Luciano, 80, have requested new information to keep the hunt for their son’s remains alive.

‘We want to take Peter home to where he should be close to his family,

‘Our pain is always with us. He was murdered 21 years ago, he was only 28 years old.

‘His life stopped on a lonely road – Stuart Highway on July 14, 2001. Shot to death by the cowardly Murdoch, who would not reveal where or what he was doing with him.

‘Peter has a beautiful nephew and two beautiful nephews whom he never saw or knew.

‘I beg anyone with a conscience to help me – however small – to tell me where he is stationed.’

Pangallo revealed that he had been in contact with the family for the past three years since covering the case years earlier as a reporter.

The politician has demanded Northern Territory Police offer a $1 million reward for seeking new leads and said it was the ‘final roll of the dice’.

He added: ‘His mother didn’t want this issue to remain cold and wanted it to be brought into the public domain again.

‘What haunts them and has haunted them for the last 21 years is not knowing where the body is – and it will continue to haunt them until they get an answer.

‘Important new information has come to end the suffering the Falconio family has suffered for years.’

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