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Samantha Murphy: Cops investigate ‘movements to and from’ her family home on the day she vanished – as detectives question local sex offender

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Police are investigating several movements made by people to and from the home of Samantha Murphy (pictured with her husband Mick) on the day the mother-of-three went missing.

Police are investigating several movements made by people to and from Samantha Murphy’s home on the day the mother of three disappeared.

Ms Murphy, 51, left her home in Victoria’s Ballarat East to go jogging at nearby Woowookarung Regional Park about 7am on February 4.

Despite intensive search efforts, no trace of the missing woman has been found.

Everyone close to Murphy has now been considered a person of interest, with police revealing they believe the 51-year-old is likely dead.

Police have said there was a “number of movements” to and from Murphy’s home on Feb. 4 that they are investigating. A current issue reported.

Police are investigating several movements made by people to and from the home of Samantha Murphy (pictured with her husband Mick) on the day the mother-of-three went missing.

Police are investigating several movements made by people to and from the home of Samantha Murphy (pictured with her husband Mick) on the day the mother-of-three went missing.

They are also speaking to known violent offenders in the area, including a male sex offender.

Detectives reportedly questioned that man for several hours and provided an alibi for the day of Ms. Murphy’s disappearance.

Additional detectives, including staff from the sexual crimes, counterterrorism, fraud and armed robbery divisions in Melbourne, have been brought in to assist with the case.

There is no suggestion that the sex offender was in any way involved in Ms Murphy’s disappearance.

Attention has also been focused on the large repair business, Inland Motor Body Works, owned by Mrs Murphy and her husband Mick.

Police have taken a number of “items of interest” from the repair shop.

Victoria Police Crime Command Acting Detective Superintendent Mark Hatt previously said police would speak to his family, friends and co-workers as part of their “open” investigation.

Police said that while Mick Murphy (pictured leaving a police station on February 9) was not an official suspect, he was a “person of interest” in the investigation.

Police released this image of Ms Murphy from the morning she disappeared. Detectives now believe 'one or more parties' are behind her mysterious disappearance.

Police released this image of Ms Murphy from the morning she disappeared. Detectives now believe 'one or more parties' are behind her mysterious disappearance.

Police released this image of Ms Murphy from the morning she disappeared. Detectives now believe ‘one or more parties’ are behind her mysterious disappearance.

Coroners are seen scouring the Mt Clear bushland in search of Ms Murphy on Friday.

Coroners are seen scouring the Mt Clear bushland in search of Ms Murphy on Friday.

Coroners are seen scouring the Mt Clear bushland in search of Ms Murphy on Friday.

Acting Superintendent Mark Hatt said that while Murphy was not a suspect, he and “everyone in Ms. Murphy’s personal life were persons of interest.”

When Superintendent Hatt was asked by Daily Mail Australia if Mr Murphy was a person of interest, he said he was not an official suspect, but that he and “everyone” in Ms Murphy’s close personal life were a person of interest.

“We have a number of people we are speaking to and I can say the family has been absolutely fantastic in cooperating with the police,” he said.

‘At this time he is not (a suspect). Everyone in relation to Samantha is a person of interest. In our investigation we are talking to everyone who was in his life.’

In a comment that appeared to suggest Ms Murphy may have been attacked, Supt Hatt said: “We have no intelligence or evidence to suggest there is any risk to anyone else.”

‘We are absolutely looking for his phone, we haven’t found it yet. We are looking for a body. Again, that area has been searched for Samantha herself and we have not found her in that area,’ she said.

The superintendent said the possibility that Murphy had suffered a medical episode had been ruled out and said he had “doubt” she was still alive.

“Given the extensive and detailed search that has already been carried out, and the fact that no trace of Samantha or her personal belongings has been located, we have ruled out any type of medical incident,” he told reporters.

“Unfortunately, since we have found no trace of her, we have serious concerns and highly doubt she is still alive.”

Samantha Murphy left her Ballarat home at 7am on February 4 to go for a run in the nearby state forest and did not return home. Police have launched a major new ground search after phone data led them to a specific area of ​​bushland 6km from where she was last seen.

Samantha Murphy left her Ballarat home at 7am on February 4 to go for a run in the nearby state forest and did not return home. Police have launched a major new ground search after phone data led them to a specific area of ​​bushland 6km from where she was last seen.

Samantha Murphy left her Ballarat home at 7am on February 4 to go for a run in the nearby state forest and did not return home. Police have launched a major new ground search after phone data led them to a specific area of ​​bushland 6km from where she was last seen.

Forensic scientists began a search Friday in a new area of ​​brush in the state forest.

Forensic scientists began a search Friday in a new area of ​​brush in the state forest.

Forensic scientists began a search Friday in a new area of ​​brush in the state forest.

Superintendent Hatt said police suspect Ms Murphy’s body may have been removed from the Mount Clear area they are searching after a crime encounter.

‘That is certainly a scenario we are studying. Based on our elimination process, we believe another party, either one person or multiple people, was involved.’

Superintendent Hatt said detectives had searched Ms Murphy’s home “to some extent” as part of their investigation.

“In relation to our investigation I will not comment further,” he said.

Officers are currently following more than 500 separate pieces of evidence and analyzing 12,000 hours of CCTV footage.

Superintendent Hatt said questions about the movements of those inside the family home during the period Ms Murphy was on that run were difficult to answer.

“There is a lot of movement to and from the house during the day and again we are very, very confident that we have tracked all of those movements and we are following up on everything,” he said.

Timeline of Samantha Murphy’s disappearance

Sunday February 4, 7 am: Mother-of-three Samantha Murphy was last seen leaving her home on Eureka Street in Ballarat East and going for a run.

7.16am: She is caught on a neighbor’s CCTV wearing a brown t-shirt and black leggings halfway up.

11am: Mrs. Murphy doesn’t show up to a planned brunch with her family. She is reported missing to the police.

Monday February 5: Victoria Police launches public appeal to find Ms Murphy. A search area has been established outside the suburb of Buninyong, about 14 kilometers from where Ms Murphy was last seen, as well as near her home. Police revealed that Ms Murphy’s mobile phone had rung in Buninyong

Tuesday February 6: Murphy’s husband, Mick, tells the media that it’s “not that bad under the circumstances.” He was pictured speaking to police as the desperate search continued. The search extended to more than 100 specialist police officers, SES teams and teams from Forest Fire Management Australia and Parks Victoria.

Wednesday, February 8, 12:30 p.m.: TO The search party found possible evidence near a walking trail. in Woowookarung Regional Park

13:45: Mick Murphy appears at the cordoned off location in Woowookarung Regional Park and He appeared visibly dazed as the officers turned him away. Police said the items found in the bushes were not related to his whereabouts.

Police later released what they initially thought was CCTV of Ms Murphy leaving her property and heading northeast towards Yankee Flat Road, near the Warrenheip Road intersection.

Thursday afternoon, February 8: A jogger has come forward to reveal he is the person seen in the CCTV footage, ruling out a key line of inquiry.

Friday February 9: Victoria Police is stepping up its efforts with the arrival of officers from the missing persons unit.

Saturday February 10: Investigators are narrowing the search and say a full-scale search will only resume if new information emerges.

Sunday February 11: As the police reduce the intensity of the search, locals continue their own search by scouring the area in small groups.

Monday February 12: Cin Hobbs, administrator of the ‘Find Samantha Murphy’ Facebook group, which gained thousands of members in a matter of days, announced that she was deleting the group because it “has served its purpose.”

Tuesday February 13: Daily Mail Australia reveals Ms Murphy’s beloved dog Ruby had gone missing.

Wednesday February 14: Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton confirms detectives are treating Ms Murphy’s disappearance as suspicious.

Detectives from Victoria Police’s Missing Persons Unit spend an hour at the Murphy family property.

It is revealed that Ruby has died.

Friday February 16: Murphy’s uncle and aunt, Allan and Janice Robson, tell Daily Mail Australia they believe their niece was the victim of a criminal act.

Robson theorizes that the mother was attacked by a deranged stalker, saying, “I would say someone would have been watching her.” I can’t think of it as anything else.

Monday February 19: Mick Murphy makes a public plea, saying, “We want Sam home, please.”

He says his family is “doing the best we can under the circumstances.”

Thursday February 21: Dozens of detectives from specialized units are assigned to the case.

Friday, February 22: Police admit “one or more parties” are most likely behind her disappearance as the search moves to a new location in Mount Clear according to new analysis of phone data.

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