New search for missing mum’s body in Enfield State Park


A new search for missing mother Samantha Murphy will take place today in Victoria.

Murphy, 51, disappeared from her Ballarat East home on the morning of February 4 to go for a run and has not been seen since.

Police this morning said they would search the bushland in the Enfield State Park area today.

Samantha Murphy disappeared in February. (Nine)

“The search will focus on an area highlighted by intelligence derived from a number of sources,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

Members of the public are asked to not join the search as it is focused on finding Murphy’s body.

“Today’s search in the Enfield State Park involves a significant number of detectives from the Missing Persons Squad and police from a number of specialist areas,” Detective Acting Superintendent Mark Hatt said in a statement.

“Since Samantha’s disappearance over two months ago, a range of searches and other enquiries have been undertaken in the Ballarat area as part of this investigation.

“This includes extensive large scale searches such as we have planned this week, but also smaller targeted searches focused in very specific areas.

“I want to assure those in the Ballarat community that police remain focused on doing everything we can to return Samantha to her family.”

Patrick Orren Stephenson, 22, was charged with Murphy’s murder in March.



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