/ 30 May 2024

Phoning in a potential breakthrough

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Police in Victoria may have discovered a key piece of evidence in their search for missing Ballarat woman Samantha Murphy, but they’re keeping tight-lipped until they’re certain… Yesterday, detectives launched a new “targeted” search for the 51yo mother-of-3 in Buninyong, south of Ballarat – where Samantha went missing during a run on 4 February. Officers, sniffer dogs, police divers and an excavator were spotted beside a dam, and vision taken at the scene shows officers hugging each other after finding what looks like a muddy smartphone along with “other items of interest”. Police wouldn’t say whether those items belonged to Samantha until they’ve been forensically tested, but said they’ll share more information as soon as they can. Ballarat man Patrick Orren Stephenson was charged over the alleged murder in March – and so far, has refused to help police with their search.

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