26/09/2012

Melbourne Police Release CCTV Footage Of Missing Irish Woman

CCTV footage of missing Irish woman Jill Meagher has been released by police in Melbourne.

The footage shows her talking to a man shortly before she was last seen early on Saturday morning.

Ms Meagher, 29, disappeared after socialising with work colleagues at a bar in the suburb of Brunswick, not far from her home.

The images show Ms Meagher walking north on Sydney Road at 01:41. Six other people can also be seen walking along the road, and detectives are urging them to come forward.

Speaking to the Irish Times a police spokesman said: “It is just a missing person [case] at the moment.

“We want to speak to the people who can be seen on the CCTV footage, who were on the street at the time. We ask that these people come forward,” he said.

The police particularly want to talk to a man wearing a blue, hooded jacket or jumper who is seen talking to Ms Meagher in the footage.

The man is seen walking past the camera twice before talking to Ms Meagher.

The footage also shows another man looking back over his shoulder shortly after Ms Meagher and the man in the blue top walk past.

“The man that looks back obviously has seen something. We don’t know what it is but something’s caught his attention,” the spokesman added.

Det Insp Potter said nobody had been ruled out as a suspect in Ms Meagher’s disappearance, but that there were no suspects at this time. He said the evidence was pointing towards abduction.

(H/GK)

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