Police scale back search for missing mum Samantha Murphy

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Police have delivered a devastating update in the search for missing mother Samantha Murphy, six days after she vanished near Ballarat in regional Victoria.

In a statement released on Saturday morning, police confirmed the “active search” for Ms Murphy would be “scaled back” over the weekend.

“An extensive six-day search has been conducted involving local police, along with personnel from the Search and Rescue Squad, Mounted Branch and Dog Squad, plus significant assistance from members of the SES and CFA,” the police said.

“Police continue to be in regular contact with Samantha’s family regarding the developments of the search and the status of the investigation.

“The investigative stage of the investigation continues and as any new information comes to hand identifying areas of interest, the search will be scaled up.”

Ms Murphy, a mother to three children, went missing house on February 4 after going for a regular morning run.

Emergency services conducted an extensive search of the bushland near her house.

Detective Acting Superintendent Mark Hatt from Victoria Police’s Crime Command said investigators held serious concerns for Ms Murphy but said there was “nothing immediate to indicate there is anything sinister behind Samantha’s disappearance”.

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