Homicide squad detectives have taken over the investigation into the disappearance of ABC employee Jill Meagher, who vanished on a night out with workmates in Brunswick [a suburb of Melbourne] at the weekend.
It came as police this morning recovered the handbag of the 29-year-old Irish national in a lane off Hope Street in Brunswick. Detectives have roped off a section of Hope Street [above] and are trying to trace the movements of Mrs Meagher, who was last seen by a colleague leaving Bar Etiquette, in Sydney Road, about 1.30am on Saturday.
Police and the SES [Emergency service volunteers] have cordoned off a 200m stretch of Hope St that houses a car repairs business and a few vacant shops.
Friends of Meagher said she often took a short cut through an alley way off Sydney Rd to get home. Police will check CCTV cameras of the alley way near Safeway for clues into the disappearance.