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In September that year medical scientist Tracy Horne from Western Australia’s government forensic biology department examined the car seat cover police had seized 14 years earlier.
Almost immediately after removing the cover from its packaging Horne saw an earring lodged in the fabric on the passenger side near the belt buckle hole.
Four brown stains on the cover tested negative for human blood and six other areas were unsuccessfully tested for semen.
But an 18mm straight black human hair which had been found in the passenger side footwell had a mitochondrial DNA profile consistent with Hayley and Ms Dodd. That exhibit became known as ‘Hair 13’.
Detectives flew to Townsville to interview Wark, who was serving 12 years in prison after admitting to abducting and raping a hitchhiker.
In June 2007 he had picked up a 31-year-old woman on a remote Queensland road and taken her to his house where he raped and bashed her for hours.
For years Ms Dodd (pictured) pushed police and politicians to step up the investigation. Her family spent $70,000 on private investigators, Indigenous trackers, a cadaver dog and psychics
Wark had taken an earring from the woman as a trophy. She escaped the next morning and ran to a neighbour who called police.
Under questioning Wark denied any involvement in Hayley’s disappearance but was charged with murder and extradited to Western Australia in 2015. He faced a judge-alone trial in October 2017.
How Hayley Dodd case unfolded over 22 years
July 22, 1999: Hayley Dodd, 17, is last seen near Badgingarra, 200km north of Perth. Local man Francis John Wark, 43, is soon considered a suspect