/ 12 April 2024

A new bushland search

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Victorian Police say “intelligence derived from a number of sources” led to a new search for 51yo Ballarat woman Samantha Murphy’s body yesterday, but they have failed to turn up anything of note. Police used cadaver dogs for the first time to scour part of Enfield State Park, about 25km south of Ballarat. Murphy disappeared during her morning run on 4 February, and police allege she was killed on the same day. Ballarat man Patrick Orren Stephenson was arrested and charged with her murder – so far he hasn’t assisted police in their search. It comes as the Ballarat community struggles to deal with 2 other alleged murders of local women in recent weeks, prompting calls for a crackdown on gendered violence. The search for Murphy’s remains is expected to resume today.

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