Samantha Murphy missing: Police search Mount Clear for missing mum, East Ballarat, Woowokarung Regional Park

Detectives will lead a targeted search in a new area as part of their investigation into the suspicious disappearance of mother-of-three Samantha Murphy.

The 51-year-old has been missing for almost three weeks, after she went out for a run in the Woowookarung Regional Park in East Ballarat about 7am on February 4.

The Mount Clear area, south of the Canadian Forest where Samantha was known to frequent, was highlighted by intelligence derived from phone data and will form the focus of searches on Friday.

The Missing Persons Squad, who are in charge of the investigation, as well as detectives, specialist and local police will take part in the search.

No trace of Ms Murphy has been found in extensive searches of the Canadian Forest conducted by both specialist police units and local community members.Police are treating her disappearance as suspicious due to the length of time she has been missing and given no trace of her has been found.

Investigators are currently in the process of reviewing about 12,000 hours of CCTV footage and following up over 500 separate pieces of information.

Police are due to provide an update on the search about 10am on Friday.

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