The blood found on the Stuart Highway belonged to Peter Falconio but animal blood was mixed in with it.
The mixed animal blood report surfaced on the internet in October 2005. There seem's to be a single source for this report, the author Roger Maynard whom claims that he was handed some inside information by an officer that worked the N.T police forensics lab. He claims the report found a mixture of animal and human blood in the blood pool reported to be from Peter Falconio. No other sources have reported hearing about or seeing the same forensics results. The report has been repeated countless times and expanded on and distorted.
Falconio's blood 'mixed with animal DNA'
January 07, 2006
BLOOD belonging to British backpacker Peter Falconio found at the scene of his outback murder was mixed with animal DNA, the author of a new book about the case claims Roger Maynard, Australian correspondent for London-based newspaper The Times, said he had seen a laboratory analysis of the pool of blood found on the side of the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory, which showed that non-human DNA was combined with Falconio's. The startling claim, contained in the recently released book Where's Peter?, raises fresh questions about the investigation into the July 2001 murder.
Broome mechanic Bradley John Murdoch was convicted last month of murdering Falconio and of the assault and deprivation of liberty of Falconio's girlfriend, Joanne Lees. Murdoch's solicitor Mark Twiggs said yesterday he had no knowledge of animal DNA being mixed with Falconio's blood. "There was animal blood on the Kombi and there were odd bits of animal splatter about the place but my understanding is that Peter Falconio's pool of blood was just that - Peter Falconio's pool of blood," he told The Weekend Australian. "It would surprise me if that (claim) was correct, and we would have dealt with it during the trial because it would be an important part of the story one way or the other ... but you never say never." Maynard said that his unnamed source had made an unsuccessful attempt before the beginning of the trial to contact Murdoch's defence team to tell them about the animal DNA. "Whether the defence were not told or whether it was overlooked I don't really know," Maynard said.
"I don't think you can say it would have been deliberately withheld; presumably the defence would have access to the same documents." During the Northern Territory Supreme Court trial the jury was told that the DNA evidence formed the linchpin of the prosecution case. A spokeswoman for the NT police refused to comment yesterday because the case was still before the courts.
I contacted Roger Maynard in April 2012 and can confirm the printed DNA report that he saw specified the blood was, on the whole, human but there was a small proportion that was animal blood. Carmen Eckoff not only took samples from the blood pool, but from several items at the scene of the incident, including a rock measuring 1cm by 1cm, two reddish brown rocks nearby, a dirt mound which had a red stain and a small rock which was stained red on the dirt verge. Samples were also taken from underneath the rear of the vehicle and animal blood was detected, perhaps this is why animal blood was reported in the report along with the human blood?
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