‘I know she’s out there’: Daughter’s heartbreak over mum Samantha Murphy missing near Ballarat

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The daughter of missing runner Samantha Murphy has fought back tears as she spoke out for the first time since her mum vanished five days ago.

On Thursday, eldest daughter Jess Murphy spoke to media with her father, Michael, to urge her community to not lose hope in the search for her mum.

“Mum’s a really strong woman and she’s far to determined to give up this fight,” she said.
“I know she’s out there somewhere, so if you could please continue to search for her and give us something to work with we’d really appreciate it.

“Mum we love you so much and we miss you … please come home soon.”

The 51-year-old mother left her home on Eureka St in Ballarat East about 7am on Sunday but failed to return, raising concerns for her welfare as temperatures soared to 36C across the area.

The search initially focused on the Canadian State Forest — where Ms Murphy told her husband she was heading out on her regular 20km run — but this was thrown into disarray on Wednesday as a three second CCTV clip of Ms Murphy was found.

The footage captured Ms Murphy running past a house on Eureka St towards Yankee Flat Road, in the opposite direction of the forest, at 7.16am.

This was just 16 minutes after she is believed to have left for her run.

Investigators have asked residents in the areas around Eureka St, Warrenheip Rd and Yankee Flat Rd to review their CCTV footage between 7am and 11am.

About 12.30pm on Wednesday, a crew searching a walking trail in nearby bushland at Woowookarung Regional Park found an “item of interest”, but police have since ruled it out.

“Items located today during the search for Samantha have been assessed and at this time are not believed to be related to her whereabouts,” police said in a statement.

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