Human remains located in Maryam Hamka search

Missing Persons Squad detectives have located what appear to be human remains as part of their ongoing investigation into the suspicious disappearance of Maryam Hamka.

Investigators re-commenced a search in the Cape Schanck area this morning.

The yet to be formally identified remains were found about 10.30am in bushland off Rogers Road, near Patterson Road.

The coroner has been advised and a post mortem will occur in due course.

Police previously conducted searches of the Cape Schanck area last month.

Maryam was reported missing by her family on 15 April, 2021.

She was last seen leaving a Woolworths store in Albert Street, Brunswick at 5.30pm on Saturday 10 April, 2021.

Police have charged two men over the course of the investigation:

In August 2021, a 41-year-old Brighton man was charged with one count of murder and remanded in custody.

In September 2021, a 26-year-old Richmond man was charged with assist offender (murder) and drug offences.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Commissioner Mick Frewen, Crime Command:

“Our heartfelt thoughts are with Maryam’s family and friends. The past two years have been an incredibly difficult time for them and their grief remains as raw as ever.

“The investigative efforts by the Missing Persons Squad, Crime Command and other members of Victoria Police have been tireless and extraordinary.

“Our members have worked under very difficult and trying conditions to ensure that every avenue of enquiry has been exhausted so we could provide answers to Maryam’s family.

“We know this has been an incredibly difficult and traumatic time for them. We hope that this will bring the closure they need and Maryam can finally be laid to rest.”

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