Missing Ballarat woman Samantha Murphy: Gut-wrenching moment daughter Jess breaks down – as husband Michael Murphy says ‘people just don’t vanish into thin air’
The eldest daughter of missing mother-of-three Samantha Murphy broke down in tears as she pleaded for her mother to come home, five days after she disappeared.
Jess Murphy, along with Samantha’s husband Mick, addressed the disappearance of the East Ballarat woman, who disappeared after going for a jog near her home at 7am on Sunday.
“Mum is a very strong woman and she is far too determined to give up this fight,” Jess said.
Mick Murphy comforts his daughter Jess during a press conference in Ballarat West on Thursday
Samantha Murphy was caught on CCTV leaving her home on Sunday.
“I know she’s out there somewhere, so if you could please continue to look for her…
‘Mom we love you very much and we miss you. And we need you at home with us. Please come home soon.’
Ms Murphy, 51, has not been seen since she left her home in Ballarat East at 7am on Sunday to go jogging in a state forest on the outskirts of the regional town, west of Melbourne.
Moments earlier, her father had made an impassioned plea for information from the public that could help find his wife.
‘People just don’t disappear into thin air. Someone must know something,’ he said.
‘Whether it’s any little thing that you might think is relevant, just call the police and let them know. It will give us some peace of mind, some hope’.
Jess broke down in tears and bravely faced the media group outside Ballarat West Police Station.
Her father placed his hand on her shoulder to comfort her as she read from a statement on her phone.
Jess said she still hopes her mother will be found alive and well despite the search, which is now into its fifth day.
“Mom is a very strong woman and she is far too determined to give up this fight,” she said.
“I know she’s out there somewhere, so if you could please continue to look for her to give us something to work with, we’d really appreciate it.”
Jess ended her call for help with a heartwarming message to her missing mother.
‘Mom we love you so much and we miss you and we need you at home with us. Please come home soon. I can’t wait to see you and give you the biggest hug when I do.’
‘And to tell you that you give us so much stress. I love you.’
SES volunteers searched outside the Murphy home on Wednesday (pictured)
Jess Murphy is comforted by her father Mick
Speaking to the media in front of the Murphy family, Acting Inspector Lisa McDougall said Ms Murphy’s disappearance was not being treated as suspicious, but declined to say why.
The inspector repeatedly provided ‘no comment’ answers as reporters pressed her for information about how and why police think the loving mother disappeared.
“There are no suspicious circumstances that we have identified at this stage,” she said.
Police released new CCTV footage of Ms Murphy running past a neighbour’s house on Wednesday night.
Police again appealed to the public for any other footage people may have obtained from home cameras and dashcams.
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