Melbourne police fear foul play


Police in Melbourne hold grave fears that missing Irish woman Jill Meagher may have met with foul play.

Homicide squad detectives took over the investigation into the disappearance of Ms Meagher (29), who was last seen leaving a bar in the suburb of Brunswick in the early hours of Saturday morning.

She had been drinking at the Bar Etiquette premises with work colleagues and was offered a lift at around 1.30am. But Ms Meagher said she would make the five-minute walk home by herself and has not been seen since.

At 6.30am yesterday her handbag was found by a passer-by near a car close to where Ms Meagher was last seen.

Detective Inspector John Potter says the circumstances of the case are of great concern.

“As a result of that, today the homicide squad missing persons unit have taken over the case,” he said.

Det Potter appealed for anyone with information to come forward. “We’re hopeful for the best obviously, but we have some concerns that she may have met with foul play. It’s not too late to tell us, or indeed if Jillian can hear this, please contact us,” he said. “Somebody knows what’s going on here and they should ring us now.”

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