Trucker who rescued Joanne Lees makes explosive claim about Falconio murder

A truck driver has made an explosive new claim about what he saw the night Peter Falconio was killed by Bradley John Murdoch in the Northern Territory.

Falconio, a British tourist who was travelling with his girlfriend Joanne Lees, vanished in July, 2001, on the Stuart Highway.

The pair were near Barrow Creek, about 280km north of Alice Springs.

Bradley John Murdoch is serving a life sentence for killing Peter Falconio. (9News)

They were pulled over by a van, and the driver claimed he had seen sparks shooting from under their Kombi van.

But after Falconio left the vehicle, Ms Lees said she heard a loud bang and saw the stranger brandishing a gun.

She allowed him to secure her hands, but said she fled while he was distracted, and hid from him in the bush for some time before flagging down a road train just after midnight.

Joanne Lees and Peter Falconio. (9News)

Falconio’s body has never been found.

Murdoch was convicted of his murder in 2005.

But now, the truck driver who rescued Ms Lees has made a startling new claim.

Vince Millar told a British TV crew he had seen two men bundling a third, “jelly-like” man into a red car that same night.

“I’m pretty sure that bloke in the middle could very well have been Peter Falconio,” he said.

Mr Millar claimed he had never shared that information before.

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