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Shop owner says she didn’t murder Patrick Moriarty who vanished four months ago in Larrimah

The unexplained disappearance of a Northern Territory man from a remote town continues to baffle police and residents four months later. 

Patrick ‘Paddy’ Moriarty, 70, went missing from remote Northern Territory town Larrimah in December last year and when police arrived at his house there were no signs of a struggle. 

A chicken was cooking in the microwave, his table had been set for dinner, a fan and lights were also on but there was no sign of Mr Moriarty or his loyal dog Kelly. 

The unexplained disappearance of Northern Territory man Patrick ‘Paddy’ Moriarty, 70, (pictured) from a remote town continues to baffle police and residents four months later

Larrimah resident and owner of an outback tea house, Fran Hodgetts, 75,(pictured) had a long running and bitter feud with Mr Moriarty 

Larrimah resident and owner of an outback tea house, Fran Hodgetts, 75,(pictured) had a long running and bitter feud with Mr Moriarty 

In a town of only 12 people the suspect list is short, however it has made solving the case no less difficult for authorities. 

Larrimah resident and owner of an outback house selling meat pies, Fran Hodgetts, 75, had a long running and bitter feud with Mr Moriarty, 9 News reported.

‘I hated his guts but I never spoke to him,’ she said. 

‘I’m not a f****** killer, I am too busy for that.’ 

Mrs Hodgetts said she has been under house arrest while police have searched her property and interviewed her a number of times since the local man’s disappearance.

Mr Moriarty had taken to posting signs around town steering people away from Mrs Hodgetts pies which she said was having a heavy impact on her business

Mr Moriarty had taken to posting signs around town steering people away from Mrs Hodgetts pies which she said was having a heavy impact on her business

Mr Moriarty had taken to posting signs around town steering people away from Mrs Hodgett’s pies – which she said was having a heavy impact on her business. 

She told ABC News that police had searched the freezer at her tea house, along with canvassing other areas around the town. 

Mrs Hodgetts was adamant she had nothing to do with Mr Moriarty’s disappearance.

‘No, I did not have anything to do with the disappearance of Paddy Moriarty. No, I don’t know where he is. Yes, I would like to have him found so I can sit back and say, ‘Yes I told you so,’ she said. 

A statement from Northern Territory police at the time of his disappearance said Mr Moriarty was in the habit of walking his dog Kellie (pictured) most mornings around the Larrimah area

A statement from Northern Territory police at the time of his disappearance said Mr Moriarty was in the habit of walking his dog Kellie (pictured) most mornings around the Larrimah area

She put forward her own theory that Mr Moriarty went missing while walking in the bush trying to find his dog Kellie. 

‘They probably would have found him, but he probably would not have been there very long because they’ve got a lot of wild pigs here and a lot of wild dingos,’ she said. 

Police have also searched the local tip, lakes and scrub land but as yet have not found any sign of the missing man. 

The last known sighting of Mr Moriarty was on December 15, 2017 as he left the Larrimah Hotel around 5:30pm. 

A statement from Northern Territory police at the time of his disappearance said Mr Moriarty was in the habit of walking his dog most mornings around the Larrimah area. 

Police have also searched the local tip, lakes and scrub land but as yet have not found any sign of the missing man

Police have also searched the local tip, lakes and scrub land but as yet have not found any sign of the missing man



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