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.

Image source: Facebook/channel 9
Image source: Facebook/channel 9

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.


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  • This is a very sad story.


  • very strange. sad for that little baby!


  • I hope she is found safe and well. Her kids will be living a nightmare not knowing where their mum is.


  • The latest news said 3 men have been arrested in relation to her disappearance. What I find strange is why didn’t the friends who had the kids report her missing


  • The children were left with friends, why??? Either the friend/s knew she wasn’t coming straight back from the shopping centre or they should reported her missing. It would seem that maybe her brother only found out when he went to visit her or tried to contact her. Shew may return at some stage and want to take the children. This case may end in the Family Court to determine the long term safety and general welfare of the children.


  • It worries me that the homicide police are involved as this would indicate something terrible may have happened. I do hope there are some answers soon.


  • I hope they find her safe and well.


  • What could have happened to her? I can imagine her family being so worried. I’d be the same!!


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