Cops are hunting a new lead in the case of Brit backpacker Peter Falconio (Picture: AP/PA)

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

Peter Falconio, 28, and his girlfriend Joanne Lees were in a campervan when they were pulled over by drug-runner Bradley Murdoch in 2001.

Murdoch shot Mr Falconio dead and tried to abduct Ms Lees before she escaped and raised the alarm.

The backpacker’s body has never been found, and just a few hours after his mum issued an emotional plea for help on the 21st anniversary of his death cops are hunting a new lead.

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

Peter was in a campervan with his girlfriend Joanna Lees when he was shot dead (Picture: PA/AP)
Joanna managed to escape her boyfriend’s killer when she hid in the bush for hours after he was killed (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
Bradley Murdoch was found guilty of Peter’s murder in 2005 (Picture: AFP/ Getty)

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

‘He said he had spotted a vehicle that was similar to the one that Murdoch was using and it was parked on the side of a road near a culvert and a bridge.

‘He remembered going past it and saying it was unusual that the the driver was parked in that position. He did alert police at the time but heard nothing more.

‘I’ll certainly pass that on to police to see if they’ll go there in person to check it out.”

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

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

Luciano and Joan Falconio, parents of Peter Falconio, issued an appeal on the 21st anniversary of their son’s death (Picture: AP)
Bradley Murdoch was arrested and later found guilty of Peter’s murder (Picture: Hutchison/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)
Peter and his girlfriend Joanna had been travelling in Australia when he was killed (Picture: PA)

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

‘We want to bring Peter home where he belongs near his family,

‘Our pain is always with us. He was murdered 21 years ago, aged just 28 years.

‘His life stopped on a lonely road – the Stuart Highway on July 14, 2001. Shot dead by cowardly Murdoch, who will not reveal where or what he did with him.

Peter has a beautiful niece and two lovely nephews who he never got to see or know.

‘I am appealing to anyone with a conscience to help me – however small – to tell me where he was put.’

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

The politician has demanded Northern Territory Police offer a $1million reward to tease out new leads and said it was the ‘last roll of the dice’.

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

‘What’s haunting them and has haunted them for the past 21 years is not knowing where his body is – and it will continue to haunt them until they get answers.

‘It’s crucial new information does come forward to put an end to the suffering that the Falconio family have suffered for so many years.’

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