Does Joanne Lees have a new partner?
The British woman is set to reveal some shock news in her 60 Minutes interview more than 15 years after her boyfriend, Peter Falconio was murdered in the Australian Outback.
Speaking to veteran reporter Liz Hayes, Lees appears to announce a new relationship with a woman on the program – which airs tonight.
If she is ever going to move forward she has got to do it now. She has not remarried. She has not had children. Her life has stalled,' Hayes told news.com.au.
'It is not a guy. It has changed her life in a good way. She hadn't expected it.
'I would like to think that she really could find love and really could find the ability to move on because I think Peter would want her to.'
In the teaser clip for the interview, Joanne can be seen turning to her left to reveal the new person in her life, before the camera quickly cuts away – leaving audiences in suspense as to who her new lover could be.
In 2001, Joanne then 27, and her boyfriend Peter Falconio, 28, were driving across Australia’s red centre when tragedy struck.
A man on the side of the road waved at their VW van as it approached. Falconio and Lees slowed down and kindly introduced themselves to the man, Bradley Murdoch.
In a horrifying twist of events, Murdoch shot Falconio dead before handcuffing Lees and dragging her into his car.
She was able to escape the horrifying ordeal, and hid for five hours alone in the desert scrub
‘We had no idea what was going to happen. We thought we had the rest of our lives together,’ she says in the 60 Minutes interview.
Peter Falconio’s body was never found following the attack, despite police searches which did manage to locate a large pool of blood.
Murdoch has maintained his innocent plea, and says he cannot help locate Falconio’s body because he was never there.
DNA evidence did identify Lee’s blood on Murdoch’s shirt, however, linking Murdoch with the crime scene.
In 2006 Murdoch was convicted of murder, and is serving a life prison sentence in the Northern Territory.