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Samantha Murphy disappearance: 22yo charged with murder

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Detectives in Victoria have charged a 22-year-old man with murder in relation to the disappearance of Ballarat woman Samantha Murphy.
samantha murphy disappearance

Detectives in Victoria have charged a 22-year-old man with murder in relation to the disappearance of Ballarat woman Samantha Murphy.

The man was arrested on Wednesday morning over the suspicious disappearance of the 51-year-old, and will face Ballarat Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.

Murphy hasn’t been seen since she left her home to go for a run on 4 February, near the Woowookarung Regional Park.

Samantha Murphy’s disappearance

Police and community volunteers have been searching for 51-year-old Samantha Murphy for more than a month.

It’s believed the mother of three was heading out for an early morning run near the Woowookarung Regional Park when she disappeared.

After she was confirmed missing, police confirmed a nearby phone tower in Mount Clear had detected a mobile signal from Murphy’s phone. However, police said “no trace of the 51-year-old has been located”.

Police response

Victoria Police said “our thoughts today are with Samantha’s family and friends”.

It praised the “commitment and dedication” of investigators for “getting to a position where we have been able to charge someone”.

The search for Murphy continues.

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