It was reported that Bradley Murdochs vehicle had a metal cage at the time of the Incident
It was rumoured that on the 14th of July 2001 Bradley Murdoch's vehicle had a metal cage in the back, and a solid metal sheet in the rear. Therefore there is no way Joanne would have been able to escape from the back of the vehicle as she claimed. This rumour no doubt stemmed from the photo, as can be seen to the left. However that particular photo was taken after he was arrested for the alleged rape and abduction in 2002. His vehicle was packed full of gear because he had collected his possessions from S.A and was heading back to W.A. There are no photos in the public domain of his vehicle as it was on the 14th July 2001, however many eyewitness accounts firmly indicate the cage was not installed on or before 14th July 2001, but a few weeks after that date. Statements from an engineering firm in Broome clearly state the metal cage was installed after the 14/7/2001
It was also rumoured there would be no room for Joanne in the back of Murdoch's vehicle because it was always full of gear. Again its believed people have come to this conclusion based on the photo above. Witnesses have said Murdoch had a mattress in the back and he slept in there whilst on his trips. Julie-ann McPhail travelled along side Murdoch (in another vehicle) on a trip to S.A in mid June 2001. She testified in court that Murdoch slept in his vehicle with his dog Jack, this confirms earlier reports of the same.