Clairvoyants, water diviners and private detective keen to investigate Paddy Moriarty's disappearance

Clairvoyants, water diviners and private detective keen to investigate Paddy Moriarty's disappearance

Clairvoyants, water diviners and private detective keen to investigate Paddy Moriarty's disappearance

Updated 8 February 2018, 22:50 AEDT

Police following up reported sightings of a missing Irishman in the Northern Territory have been offered help from clairvoyants and water diviners, but remain convinced it is unlikely he is still alive.

Police are following up reported sightings of a missing Northern Territory man, and have been offered help from clairvoyants and water diviners, but remain convinced it is unlikely he is still alive.

A private detective has apparently packed his bags and is driving from his home state of Tasmania to the Northern Territory offering to help with the search.

Paddy Moriarty, 70, went missing from Larrimah, six hours south of Darwin, in December.

Mr Moriarty was last seen leaving his local pub, the Pink Panther Hotel, on December 16.

His house is deserted, his car and quad bike are parked on his property, and his bank accounts have not been accessed.

Police are treating his disappearance as suspicious and it is under investigation by the NT Police Major Crime unit.

Larrimah is a tiny town of about a dozen residents and some of Mr Moriarty's neighbours are concerned he may have been murdered.

Police are investigating whether a feud between Mr Moriarty and his neighbour Fran Hodgetts had anything to do with his disappearance.

The pair were locked in a battle over her Devonshire tea and pie house.

Mrs Hodgetts has accused Mr Moriarty of trying to destroy her business by warning customers not to buy her produce, and trying to sabotage her garden.

Tonight Mrs Hodgetts told 7.30 that police searched her house, pumped her septic tank, and scraped through her incinerator during their investigation.

"They didn't find anything," she said.

"They poked holes in all the gardens. They didn't find anything. They went through my car, they didn't find anything."

She said she has provided about 12 hours of statements to police.

"And I speak the truth. I don't bullshit. I tell the truth and don't lie," Mrs Hodgetts said.

The 74-year-old said despite Mr Moriarty throwing a dead kangaroo under her house and years of other attempts to sabotage her business, she has "never retaliated".

"I can honestly swear on my mother's and father's grave … and I'll take an oath on my life going to Katherine and back, I know nothing about the disappearance of Paddy Moriarty."

'We are yet to identify any signs of life'

Last week Detective Sergeant Matt Allen, who is heading the missing person's investigation, appealed for more public information.

He says the police are now investigating reports of fresh sightings of Mr Moriarty after the date he went missing, but so far they haven't come to anything.

"It's now been 54 days since Paddy went missing," Detective Sergeant Allen said.

"We are yet to identify any signs of life for Paddy.

"He has not (to our knowledge) accessed his bank accounts, contacted any friends, made any telephone calls, returned to his residence or travelled in any capacity."

Police have been trying to locate Mr Moriarty's red kelpie Kellie, which is also missing.

Detective Sergeant Allen remains convinced that the dog may still be alive, and could help police find Mr Moriarty's body.

"I still encourage people to give NT Police a call, regardless how trivial they believe the information may be, as it might be one small piece of the puzzle detectives need to locate Paddy and his dog," he said.

"A couple of clairvoyants have contacted me, including someone from the science of water divining."

"Detectives rely on fact and evidence, however, every piece of information received or possible theory is recorded for information by the investigation team."

Originally police had drawn a blank in trying to locate Mr Moriarty's family, but the story gained prominence over the past week and was reported in the English and Irish press.

Police have now received information confirming Mr Moriarty grew up in Limerick.

"We received information that Paddy was born and raised at Abbeyfeale in Ireland and his mother's name was Mary," Detective Sergeant Allen said.

No other family members have been identified.