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The tragic story of Hayley Dodd: How an earring that went unnoticed for 14 years solved the mystery of teen’s horrific death – as her grieving mum begs killer to answer one last question
- Convicted rapist Francis John Wark, 65, killed 17-year-old teenager Hayley Dodd
- She was last seen alive in 1999 walking along a road about 200km north of Perth
- Hayley’s mother Margaret fought for 22 years for Hayley’s killer to face justice
- Judge said Wark stopped at side of road and attacked Hayley in ‘violent struggle’
- WA Supreme Court ruling replaced a murder verdict from judge-alone 2018 trial
- Judge said Hayley’s manslaughter was one of the worst recorded cases in WA
Hayley Dodd was carrying a map of Western Australia, $5 in change and a pocket knife for protection when she set off hitchhiking to visit a friend.
It was July 29, 1999 and the 17-year-old was taking her first big steps out into the world on her own. She would never be seen alive again.
Hayley was on her way from Dongara, a fishing town 350km north west of Perth, down to Moora, about a two-hour drive south-west in the state’s Wheatbelt.
The knife, given to her by a friend, would be no use when Hayley encountered rapist Francis John Wark somewhere near Badgingarra, three quarters of the way into her trip.
But a distinctive earring Hayley had bought two days earlier and was wearing when she was abducted would eventually lead to Wark being jailed two decades later.