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Man (41) held over Meagher disappearance

September 27, 2012 • Local, News, Victoria,

Jill Meagher shown on CCTV footage released by Victoria Police yesterday.

Police in Melbourne have arrested a 41-year-old Coburg man in relation to the disappearance of Drogheda woman Jill Meagher on September 21.

Ms Meagher, 29, disappeared in the early hours of Saturday morning and police yesterday released CCTV footage to aid with their investigation.

It is understood that the 41-year-old Coburg man is being held at the homicide squad’s headquarters St Kilda police station.

Coburg is a nearby suburb to Brunswick, where Ms Meagher went missing.

Earlier today, a witness shown in the footage contacted police and subsequently urged others to come forward. Dan Gregson remains the only person in the CCTV vision to do so.

“I guess I’m a bit surprised that others haven’t [contacted police]. I don’t know whether they’re of the same opinion as I was, where they don’t think they saw or heard anything, it’s not worth coming forward, but if you’re in the footage call Crime Stoppers,” he told the ABC.

The footage shows the Louth native and six other individuals captured by a shop camera on the night of her disappearance.

Ms Meagher, 29, can be seen outside the Duchess Boutique on Sydney Road, Brunswick around 1.40am on Saturday night.

The footage also shows six other people walking along Sydney Road, over a short time span.

In particular, detectives were seeking to speak to the man in a blue hoodie top who appears to speak to Ms Meagher.

“We’re very keen to talk to that man in the hoodie. There may be a rational explanation as to what’s happened but he certainly could help us,” Detective Inspector John Potter told media yesterday.

“He’s walked past the camera twice and he engages in a conversation with Jillian so we’re obviously extremely keen to speak to that man.”

“We don’t know whether she knows the man but it appears to be a casual conversation struck, by looking at the footage,” he said.

Ms Meagher was reported missing on Saturday morning by her Dubliner husband Thomas after she failed to return home from a night out on Friday.

Police today set up a mobile unit in Brunswick, with plain clothes detectives, bike patrol members and uniformed members conducting foot patrols.

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