THE family of an Australian teenager who disappeared six years ago has welcomed a police review of a number of high profile cases which could involve killer Bradley Murdoch.
Detectives Down Under want to determine whether there are possible links to Murdoch - jailed for life this month for killing Huddersfield backpacker Peter Falconio.
Forensic specialists have now begun comparing unidentified DNA recovered from serious crime scenes with Murdoch's profile, as officers from the specialist crime squad examine Murdoch's criminal habits and methodology.
Supt Jeff Byleveld says police in Perth have closely followed the case and Murdoch's criminal profile is now being carefully scrutinised in connection with the disappearance of 17-year-old Hayley Dodd.
"We've been looking at him for some time and of course the result of the Falconio case confirms we should be doing that," he said.
The cold cases being investigated include the Claremont serial killings, the disappearance of 21-year-old Sarah Lee Davey from Broome and that of teenager Hayley, who vanished from the roadside while hitchhiking near Badgingarra in 1999.
Hayley's mother Margaret said the Peter Falconio murder and her daughter's disappearance had a lot of similarities.
"He was in open space, nobody about, he committed that crime - nobody's seen anything, they've never been able to find the body," she said.
"That's exactly what's happened to Hayley.
"You don't know where he's been and you know he could be responsible."
She has welcomed the review saying she wants to know whether Murdoch had anything to do with her daughter's disappearance.
"It's very hard because we watch the news all the time," she said.
"We're always thinking well maybe, perhaps they've got something to do with Hayley's disappearance or you know anything like that and it makes it particularly hard.
"All we want to do is find Hayley."