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Sorry love, but we’re going. ’ The men knew they weren’t far from the small hotel at Barrow Creek, just five or ten minutes down the road. They’d wake them up and get help from there. After hitching the trailers on, they headed down the highway. Despite the warmth of the cab, the woman was trembling uncontrollably, repeating that she was worried about Pete and that he must be back there somewhere. Any concerns the truckies had that the Barrow Creek Hotel would be in darkness were soon dispelled.
She was on a backpacking holiday with her boyfriend, Peter Falconio, and they’d been driving north from Alice Springs. A stranger had caught up with their kombivan. He had gestured that something was wrong with the back of their Volkswagen. Pete had not wanted to stop but then decided to pull over. It was not easy to follow Joanne Lees’ story—it was broken by despairing weeping about what might have happened to her boyfriend. She continued to say how much she missed her parents and her brother.
Growled Rod Adams, suddenly jolting awake in the passenger seat. He blinked sleepily through the windscreen. The road train’s headlights pierced the darkness of the highway, adding an eerie whiteness to the roadside scrub. 45 am, in the early hours of Sunday 15 July 2001. His mate, who always drove barefoot, was scrabbling around the cab looking for his thongs, the nightmare vision of seconds before flashing through his mind. Vince Millar was used to the long haul from Darwin to Adelaide, a monotonous two-day journey.
Bloodstain. The Vanishing of Peter Falconio by Richard SHEARS