Police suspect foul play may be involved in the disappearance of a doting Bendigo mother.
Samantha Kelly, 39, was last seen near the shopping centre area on High Street in Kangaroo Flat on January 20. She was reported missing more than two weeks later by her brother.
The ABC reports that Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O’Connell said police were gravely concerned for her safety and believed she “may have met with foul play”.
“It’s out of character for Sam to go missing under these circumstances. She has four young children,” he said. “The youngest one has turned one recently and she missed that first birthday, which is very unusual.
“She dotes on those children. That’s one of the reasons why we have great concerns.”
Detective O’Connell said that the police were questioning why it had taken so long for her to be reported missing.
“She was reported missing on February 4 by her brother. It’s the early stages of our investigation and that [the delay] is an aspect we are looking into,” Detective Senior Sergeant O’Connell said. “But we haven’t been able to ascertain why, at this stage, there has been such a delay.”
Friends of Ms Kelly’s were looking after her children when she was reported missing, but they have now been moved into the care of family members.
Detective Senior Sergeant O’Connell said Ms Kelly had also not accessed her bank accounts or used her phone since she went missing.
“She was a prolific Facebook user and she hasn’t used her Facebook account since January 21,” he said.
The investigation continues into Ms Kelly’s disappearance, with Homicide squad detectives are assisting Bendigo police with the investigation.