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Missing Jill's last call

MISSING Irishwoman Jill Meagher made a panicked phonecall moments before she disappeared.

Murder detectives today took over the search for the 29-year-old after her handbag was found 700 metres from her Melbourne home.

Her devastated husband Thomas Meagher, from Cabinteely, Dublin, said: "I'm losing hope as every minute passes."

Close to tears, he added: "Jill was my best friend. I'm just praying we find her. It's so out of character."

It's now emerged that former RTE worker Jill rang her brother, Michael McKeon, at 2am on the night she vanished and sounded "worried".