A MISSING paroled killer who could be hiding out in Wodonga is considered “high-risk” and should not be approached.
Wayne Leslie Norris, 30, has not been seen since breaching his parole in August.
Yesterday, Victoria Police revealed Norris, who has more than 50 convictions, has been known to frequent the Wodonga area.
He was released in June after serving 6½ years jail for breaking into a home in Warragul and bashing a disabled man, 36, to death during a burglary in 2005.
Norris pleaded guilty to manslaughter, aggravated burglary and theft.
The judge said the victim’s injuries compared with those of a car crash victim and the sentence would have been harsher if Norris had known he was disabled when first attacking him.
Detective Superintendent Peter De Santo said Norris had not been seen since August 22.
The parole board told police immediately when Norris didn’t meet parole conditions and an arrest warrant was issued.
Supt De Santo said searches had already been conducted in Wodonga and the La Trobe Valley.
Norris is also well-known in the Drouin, Moe and Warragul areas.
“Police have, of course, visited the areas we know he frequents and contacted his relatives ... and that’s not been fruitful,” Supt De Santo said.
“He could be in La Trobe Valley, he’s also known to frequent Wodonga or he could be outside the jurisdiction.
“As far as we know, he has not committed any further offences whilst he’s breached his parole.”
He said Norris was considered a high-risk offender but “not extreme” and anyone spotting him — or someone they believe could be him — should not approach him.
Anyone with any information on Norris’s whereabouts should call triple-0, Wodonga police, (02) 6049 2600, or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.