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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Police return to Jill Meagher’s shallow grave in hunt for fresh clues

Flowers and a plaque mark the site of Jill Meagher's shallow grave on Blackhill Road, Gisborne South
Flowers and a plaque mark the site of Jill Meagher's shallow grave on Blackhill Road, Gisborne South
Jill Meagher's body was discovered in Melbourne, Australia
A traffic-stopping 30,000 people came together at the weekend to walk in silence along the route Jill never completed in the final hours of her life.
Jill Meagher with her husband Tom on their wedding day
A member of the public leaves a floral tribute outside the Duchess Boutique on Sydney Road, the shop which captured the last movements of Jill Meagher on CCTV

Luke Byrne and James Dowling

AUSTRALIAN police have begun fresh searches of the area where tragic Jill Meagher was found in a shallow grave.

Four days after the body of the 29-year-old Co Louth woman was discovered, officers have again begun to comb the area.

Ms Meagher’s body was found in Gisborne South, in Victoria, about 50km from where she disappeared in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Five police vehicles yesterday searched the area yesterday.

A police spokeswoman would not say what the officers were looking for – but did confirm that the searches were “part of the investigation” into Ms Meagher’s murder.

Adrian Ernest Bayley (41) has been charged with her rape and murder.

Yesterday, local stonemason Joseph Trovato placed a small headstone at the site where Ms Meagher's body was found.

His son Joshua said that his father had been thinking about placing the tribute over the weekend. “It's something he wanted to do for the family,” Joshua said. “It was a real tragedy and he just wanted to do something nice.”

The memorial was placed in front of flowers.

Both Ms Meagher's mother Edith and her brother Michael have left touching tributes to her on their Facebook pages.

“It's hard to be apart from you. So many of our thoughts are with you,” the posting on Edith's page said.

“Each night when the world is quiet and still, your smile and the wonderful moments we have shared will crowd our minds and we will find missing you even harder.

“Though we can't be together for now, in our thoughts and memories you will be here with us. Looking ahead to that time when we can be with you again and play frisbee.”

In his post Michael revealed that the pair blasted Mama Cass Elliott's ‘Make Your Own Kind of Music' repeatedly in the early hours of Saturday morning two weeks before Ms Meagher disappeared.

He wrote: “Three weeks ago tonight Jill and I were up on the balcony drinking away at the folks’ place.

“She put this song on at about 2am and had it on repeat till 4 and was singing away at the top of her voice to it.

“Waking up that morning she put this song on again.

“She will be right there with me when I play this song every morning for the rest of my life.”

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