Image of Falconio suspect is updated

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Australian police hunting a man wanted in connection with the disappearance of the British tourist Peter Falconio released a new photofit of the suspect yesterday.

Officers have removed the moustache and shortened the hair on the first image released after the attack on Mr Falconio, 28, and his girlfriend Joanne Lees, 27, in the outback.

John Daulby, an assistant commissioner with the Northern Territory police, said it was highly likely that the offender had changed his appearance since the attack – and may have shaved his moustache or head, or cut his hair.

"The new image is another possibility of what the offender may look like now," he said. "We need people to be aware that the original image is not the only possibility. He may have also changed vehicles or altered his vehicle. He may also be no longer travelling with a dog."

Mr Falconio, from Hepworth, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, is feared to have been shot when the couple were ambushed on 14 July as they drove their camper van near Barrow Creek, 175 miles north of Alice Springs.

An extensive search and a reward of £90,000 have so far failed to find any trace of the missing Briton.

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