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The one clue that could crack Samantha Murphy’s case wide open – as an expert reveals what could be on her phone


A leading detective believes Samantha Murphy’s phone could reveal her last movements after the device was found in perfect working order by a dam.

Victoria Police search teams last week discovered Ms Murphy’s iPhone in the mud on the shore at Buninyong, about 19km from her Ballarat home.

She was last seen leaving her Eureka St home in Ballarat at 7am on February 4 to go on a 14km run through nearby Woowookarung Regional Park.

The phone, protected by a case with a teal cover, is undamaged and in working order, which investigators hope could lead to the discovery of her body.

Dr Xanthe Mallett, a criminologist from the University of Newcastle, said she was «surprised» to hear the phone was working.

«Apparently the police had been looking for it for almost four months, something led them to that dam,» she told Seven’s Sunrise on Tuesday morning.

Dr Xanthe Mallett, a criminologist from the University of Newcastle, said she was ‘surprised’ to hear the phone was working (pictured on Tuesday morning’s Sunrise).

Victoria Police search teams last week discovered Ms Murphy's iPhone in the mud on the shore at Buninyong, about 19km from her Ballarat home (pictured)

Victoria Police search teams last week discovered Ms Murphy’s iPhone in the mud on the shore at Buninyong, about 19km from her Ballarat home (pictured)

“It hasn’t been released yet what evidence or intelligence it was, but yes, it could offer brand new clues to help find Samantha.

«As we now know, (the phone) is functional and can be downloaded.»

Dr Mallett told Sunrise that the phone, which had been underwater or in mud for four months, would be «unrecognizable».

«So that means it hasn’t been there for four whole months?» she said.

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«We will see. But it’s a timeline that the police will be working on and it’s certainly going to be crucial in helping to develop it.”

She said police would get as much information as possible from the phone.

«I think there could potentially be more witnesses that can come forward because now we know about the dam, we know there’s a phone there,» she said.

“So I’m hoping that now that the information is public, more people can come forward and offer information about who threw the phone away and when.

“You have to give credit to the investigators who worked so hard on this.

“You can see the relief and almost the celebration. I know we are not at the end of this investigation yet, but this is huge progress.”

Ms Murphy (pictured) was last seen leaving her Eureka St home in Ballarat around 7am to go for a 14km run through nearby Woowookarung Regional Park on February 4.

Ms Murphy (pictured) was last seen leaving her Eureka St home in Ballarat around 7am to go for a 14km run through nearby Woowookarung Regional Park on February 4.

Victoria Police search crews are seen during a targeted search on May 29

Victoria Police search crews are seen during a targeted search on May 29

Cyber ​​security expert Nigel Phair previously said the forensic test results could be a «game changer» for the investigation and lead to a breakthrough.

«The physical properties of the phone will obviously be damaged, but what’s behind it, the ones and zeros of the data, will be recoverable,» he said.

Ms Murphy’s phone was found close to where he last made contact with a nearby tower in the Buninyong area before going silent.

The device is believed to have been submerged in the dam since February 4 – the exact day police say Patrick Orren Stephenson, 22, murdered Ms Murphy while she was out for a Sunday jog.

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Daily Mail Australia was told this week that detectives from the Missing Persons Unit became suspicious of the dam soon after they took over the investigation and questioned its owner a few weeks later.

The police did not return until early May, when they again asked the owner if he would mind entering his property.

Three weeks passed before Wednesday’s search turned up the phone.

The dam’s location is just around the corner from the Durham Lead Nature Conservation Reserve, where search teams converged on April 12. The dam was at its lowest since the summer heat in December.

Pictured is Patrick Orren Stephenson, 22 years old

Pictured is Patrick Orren Stephenson, 22 years old

Stephenson hired top criminal defense lawyer Paul Galbally (left) from Melbourne-based law firm Galbally O'Bryan.

Stephenson has hired top criminal defense lawyer Paul Galbally (left) from Melbourne-based law firm Galbally O’Bryan.

It will come as Stephenson has hired top criminal defense lawyer Paul Galbally from Melbourne-based law firm Galbally O’Bryan.

Mr Galbally represented the late Catholic Cardinal George Pell, whose conviction on historic child abuse charges was overturned by the High Court.

He has said before that it is not unpleasant to act for persons accused of the most serious crimes.

«You either have the disposition or the personality to handle the job or you don’t,» he said in a 2009 interview.

The Galbally O’Bryan website states that Mr Galbally has «handled some of the largest and most complex criminal cases in the country».

«His experience includes representing clients before public inquiries, royal commissions and defending Australian Securities and Investments Commission prosecutions,» it said.

«Paul is recognized throughout the legal profession for his judgment, sound strategic advice and discretion and is listed in the Doyles Guide as one of Australia’s leading criminal defense lawyers.»

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It is understood Stephenson has refused to co-operate with police and reveal what he allegedly knows about the location of Ms Murphy’s body.

Acting Detective Senior Constable Mark Hatt has assured the community that his detectives will never stop searching for Ms Murphy’s body.

«I want to reassure those in the Ballarat community that the police remain focused on doing everything possible to return Samantha to her family,» he said earlier.



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