Convicted killer's home is ransacked in a bid to finally find the remains of 17-year-old Hayley Dodd


Convicted killer’s home is ransacked in a bid to finally unearth the remains of 17-year-old teenage girl who was killed more than two decades ago

  • Police are continuing the search at the former home of Hayley Dodd’s killer
  • Authorities are searching Francis John Wark in an attempt to find her remains 
  • Last month Wark was acquitted of murder but was found guilty of manslaughter
  • He was sentenced to 18 years in jail which is six years longer than the WA record
  • If he complies to the ‘no body, no parole’ rule Wark will be eligible for parole 

West Australian police will continue to search the former home of convicted killer Francis John Wark in a bid to find the remains of teenager Hayley Dodd.

Special crime detectives and forensic officers on Tuesday began searching the property in rural Badgingarra, near where Hayley was last seen in 1999.

‘At this time there have been no significant developments and search activity will continue’ on Wednesday, police said in a statement.

Police have resumed searching Francis John Wark's property in an attempt to find Hayley Dodds' remains

Police have resumed searching Francis John Wark’s property in an attempt to find Hayley Dodds’ remains

Police began the search at Wark's rural Badgingarra property on Tuesday

Police began the search at Wark’s rural Badgingarra property on Tuesday

Hayley Dodds' was 17 when she was last seen in 1999 in Badgingarra

Hayley Dodds’ was 17 when she was last seen in 1999 in Badgingarra

Wark, 65, was last month acquitted by a WA Supreme Court jury of murdering Hayley after a six-week retrial but found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Justice Stephen Hall last week jailed Wark for 18 years – six years longer than the previous record manslaughter sentence in WA.

Wark will be eligible for parole after 16 years but will only be released if he complies with the state’s ‘no body, no parole’ law.

Hayley was 17 when she was last seen alive in 1999, walking along a road near Badgingarra, about 200 kilometres north of Perth.

Her body has never been found.

In his sentencing remarks, Justice Hall found Wark had lured Hayley into his ute with an intention to sexually assault her and had attacked her when she resisted.

The judge found that Hayley Dodds was lured into Wark's ute before she was killed

The judge found that Hayley Dodds was lured into Wark’s ute before she was killed 

Francis John Wark was sentenced last month to 18 years in prison after he was found guilty of manslaughter

Francis John Wark was sentenced last month to 18 years in prison after he was found guilty of manslaughter

He then disposed of her body with ‘callous disregard’ in a way that ensured he would not be linked to her death.

Wark was only charged in 2015 after a cold case review linked an earring and a strand of hair found in the ute to Hayley.

Hayley’s mother Margaret Dodd welcomed the sentence after earlier appealing directly to Wark to reveal where Hayley’s body was left.

Wark has been behind bars since 2007 when he was jailed for raping a woman he picked up in a remote part of Queensland in 2007.

Justice Hall said Wark’s offending fell into the worst category for manslaughter given the apparent sexual motivation and Hayley’s youth and vulnerability.

‘She was a very young woman – no more than a girl, in fact,’ the judge said.

‘At 17, she had her whole life ahead of her.’

This earring linked Wark to the killing of Hayley Dodds. It was found with a strand of her hair in his ute

This earring linked Wark to the killing of Hayley Dodds. It was found with a strand of her hair in his ute

Hayley Dodds was last seen walking along a road in Badgingarra about 200km north of Perth

Hayley Dodds was last seen walking along a road in Badgingarra about 200km north of Perth

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