Convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith is likely to have had outside help in planning his escape to Chile while on ta three day temporary release from Springhill Prison last week, police say.
He may also have been planning his escape for years, authorities say.
Smith left by plane for Chile on a passport previously obtained in his birth name of Traynor, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 6, the day he was temporarily released from Springhill Prison.
Corrections and Internal Affairs have been working with police on the inquiry. He is dangerous and manipulative according to Corrections staff.
The circumstances of Smith obtaining the passport under his birth name ‘Traynor’ and making arrangements to leave, and who may have assisted, are the subject of an inquiry, police said.