Australia Samantha Murphy, 51, last seen leaving her property to go for a run in the Canadian State Forest, Ballarat 100km NW of Melbourne, 4 Feb 2024 #3

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Here is the police announcement from the Vicpol website


Detectives from the Missing Persons Squad will today lead a targeted search of the Mount Clear area as part of their investigation into the suspicious disappearance of Ballarat East woman Samantha Murphy ............

They will focus on an area highlighted by intelligence derived from phone data .........

“I encourage anyone who does have information that could be relevant to this investigation – whether that’s a person or vehicle seen in the area on that day, something unusual such as a damaged vehicle or property – to please come forward and speak to police or provide the information via Crime Stoppers ........


“Finally, it’s important that people continue to avoid unnecessary and unhelpful speculation because we don’t want that to detract from the genuine investigation or potentially prevent anyone coming forward with information because they have a misconception about what has happened to Samantha.

"There is also nothing to indicate that Samantha left the area of her own accord.
 
A targeted search will begin on Friday in and around Mount Clear, only 5km away from where she was last seen, based on an area highlighted by intelligence derived from phone data.

Mount Clear is adjacent to the Canadian State Forest, an area Murphy was known to frequent on her runs.

“We are keeping an open mind, but believe the most likely scenario is that her disappearance involves one or more parties,” Detective Acting Superintendent Mark Hatt said.

“Given the extensive and detailed search that has already been undertaken, and the fact no sign of Samantha or her personal belongings has been located, we have ruled out any type of medical incident.

“There is also nothing to indicate that Samantha left the area of her own accord.”
 
So far away from home.
This area was never searched.

They have been searching around that area, but not that specific area. Probably (imo) because it is semi-rural residential.

In this morning's Age article (I can't post the image as it is paywalled for some) it shows that the police have searched
- paddocks to the east of Canadian Forest
- around Buninyong golf club which is south of Canadian Forest
- Woowookarung Regional Park which is north of Canadian Forest
- and of course, as we know, many have searched through Canadian Forest.

And now they are onto Mt Clear, which is west of Canadian Forest. Mt Clear is described by Google as a a semi-rural suburb of Ballarat ... characterised by its topography of gently undulating hills flanked by bush and pine plantation forestry.

imo

 
Not sure if Vicpol will have it live streaming on their media livestreams page, but I have it open just in case.

Thanks , also might stream here

 
Adding a third potential option for livestream... they have a little "Starting Soon" button on this page but not sure whether that means they will be streaming it or just posting live updates.
 
Here is the police announcement from the Vicpol website


Detectives from the Missing Persons Squad will today lead a targeted search of the Mount Clear area as part of their investigation into the suspicious disappearance of Ballarat East woman Samantha Murphy ............

They will focus on an area highlighted by intelligence derived from phone data .........

“I encourage anyone who does have information that could be relevant to this investigation – whether that’s a person or vehicle seen in the area on that day, something unusual such as a damaged vehicle or property – to please come forward and speak to police or provide the information via Crime Stoppers ........


"Something unusual such as a damaged vehicle or property"


Interesting choice of words. IMO

What would be damaged property? fence?? Plants?? MOO
 
Adding a third potential option for livestream... they have a little "Starting Soon" button on this page but not sure whether that means they will be streaming it or just posting live updates.
'Starting soon' just means the journalist will post live text updates of what the Police say in the press conference.
 

Looks like it might be about to start. Over 2000 people watching

Oh no, someone is now typing in the box. Maybe it is just updates.
 
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