Malcolm Naden.
Malcolm Naden. Contributed

Naden reward more than doubled

POLICE efforts to capture NSW's most wanted man have been given a boost.

This morning NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell announced that the reward for information leading to the capture of accused murderer Malcolm Naden has been more than doubled to $250,000.

Naden who has been on the run from police for more than six years has evaded capture in rugged bushland near Nowendoc since Wednesday.

Naden was tracked to his hideout in the Nowendoc area on Wednesday but the highly experienced bushman shot at police to avoid capture.

It has often been rumoured that Naden has managed to avoid police at times by hiding out in the Coffs Coast's mountain ranges.

In 2005, Naden disappeared from his grandparents' Dubbo home where the body of his strangled cousin Kristy Scholes was found dumped in a bedroom.

He is also suspected to have been involved in the disappearance of another of his cousins, Lateesha Nolan, a few months earlier, and the rape of a 15-year-old schoolgirl.