POLICE are appealing for public assistance to locate a former Lithgow man who has been at large for more than three years.
Jay William Short, 46, is wanted by virtue of an outstanding warrant relating to an alleged breach of parole over prohibited drug and domestic violence-related offences dating back to 2017.
Despite extensive inquiries and searches by officers from Chifley Police District to locate Short, he has not been found.
Chifley Police District's Chief Inspector Luke Rankin said Short was arrested in relation to a Lithgow murder in 1997.
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He subsequently did 16 years in custody and was released on parole in 2016. However, that parole as revoked in 2017 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Inspector Rankin said police were seeking the help of the community "to locate Short and put him back in jail where he belongs".
Inspector Rankin said Chifley Police took carriage of the matter late last year.
He said a lot of the initial work trying to locate Short was done covertly.
"Early in our inquiries we thought it would be counter-productive to get the message out there because we had what was considered fairly good lines of inquiry," he said.
"Unfortunately they have been fruitless so now we are putting our hand up and saying we need some help from the community.
Asked if Short was considered dangerous, Inspector Rankin said that was "hard to evaluate".
"Certainly he was guilty of a very very serious crime," he said.
"He was released on parole in 2016. The reason parole was revoked, as I understand it, is that was he was convicted in the Fairfield Local Court of malicious damage, a relatively minor crime.
"But certainly in his younger years he was capable of extreme levels of violence.
"We do want to get him locked up, a warrant issued means he has to go back (in jail) for at least another three years, and I think that would be a very good thing for the community to have him back inside."
Inspector Rankin said Short was known to frequent Lithgow, Wollongong, Newtown, Fairfield, and possibly interstate.