The realm in Nambrok the place police are looking out is surrounded by bush and farmland.
The lady was final seen about 6.30am on Sunday at her house in Canadian, a suburb of Ballarat.
Forensic police had been combing via a home at Horwood Drive, Canadian, with the road cordoned off to visitors on Tuesday. A white Holden Astra remained within the driveway.
One neighbour stated her husband “heard a lady screaming” on Sunday evening, someday between 6pm and 9pm. She stated she and her household had been shaken by the information.
“It is horrible. Somebody has misplaced their life. It is heartbreaking,” she stated.
“We stay in a wonderful road with beautiful individuals. We do not have bother.”
One other neighbour close to the scene instructed The Courier she believed the girl residing there had solely been in the home for a matter of weeks.
A 3rd neighbour stated a person aged in his 30s or 40s was additionally seen residing on the house.
The proprietor of the four-bedroom Horwood Drive property stated new tenants had moved in six months in the past and had been “hassle-free”.
Residents of the quiet, suburban road had been seemingly unaware of the unfolding investigation on Tuesday morning, with dad and mom seen strolling kids to high school close by.
“All the youngsters alongside right here play up and down on the street so it is fairly regarding that one thing like this has occurred on this road,” stated one neighbour.
“It has modified the road just a little bit to assume one thing probably sinister has occurred.”
On Monday evening, police arrested a 22-year-old man at a house in Phair Courtroom, Altona. A 19-year-old girl was additionally arrested.
A neighbour, who wished to stay nameless, had been residing at Phair Courtroom for greater than 5 a long time and stated she was “completely shocked” by Tuesday’s developments.
The home the place the pair was arrested had been occupied by a lady and her kids till she moved a number of years in the past for work, she stated.
The neighbour stated she believed the girl’s grownup kids – who the neighbour has identified since they had been infants – had been residing on the property ever since however had by no means posed an issue.
“I simply cannot consider it … I hadn’t seen something,” she stated.
About 1.20pm on Tuesday, a younger man arrived on the scene on a purple bike earlier than being taken away by murder squad detectives for questioning. He appeared to depart willingly with detectives.
One other neighbour stated he had lived on the road for 60 years with none points.
“This was a really, very quiet courtroom, there was by no means something occurring, and now immediately… [there are] at the very least 20 detectives and police uniforms, and cameras in all places,” the person stated.
His spouse stated she had seen at the very least one younger man and girl residing on the Phair Courtroom house the place police are investigating.
Three vehicles autos together with a Hyundai i30 and a Commodore with P-plates had been seen parked in entrance of the house.
Police had been inspecting the boot of the Commodore, which appeared to comprise a purple jerry can.
The murder squad is interesting for witnesses.
Anybody with info is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 3333 000 or to submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
– with The Courier
Sophie is a homepage editor for The Age.
Erin covers crime for The Age. Most not too long ago she was a police reporter on the Geelong Advertiser.