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Missing Persons Detectives now lead operation for Sam as Ballarat search reaches day six

February 9, 2024 3:55 pm in by
Image: Samantha Murphy / Victoria Police

There’s been an escalation into the disappearance of Ballarat East Mum Sam Murphy, with detectives from the Missing Persons Squad now leading the investigation.

They’ll continue to work with local police as the search today reached day six.

Police say at this stage no sinister factors have been identified.

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Police are urging locals in the Ballarat East and Mount Helen areas, particularly around the Canadian Forest, to check their CCTV for any possible sightings over the past six days.

Detectives are also urging anyone travelling through the area, particularly between 7am and 7pm on the Sunday, who may have dash-cam footage, to also check this for possible sightings.

A number of items have been located during the search for Samantha, however these have since been assessed and at this time are not believed to be related to her disappearance.

Samantha went missing after heading off for a run from her Eureka Street home 7 o’clock Sunday morning.

Anyone who sights Samantha is urged to contact triple zero (000) immediately.

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