Police fears for missing woman

POLICE fear a woman who went missing in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick in the early hours of Saturday may have met with foul play.

ABC local radio employee Gillian Meagher had been out with a group of colleagues on Friday night and was last seen at Bar Etiquette about 1.30am on Saturday.

Ms Meagher's handbag was found in a laneway off Hope St, Brunswick, at 6.30am on Monday about 700m from Bar Etiquette and 500m from her Brunswick home.

Police established a crime scene in the laneway, with homicide detectives taking over the investigation.

Detective Inspector John Potter told the media Ms Meagher had not accessed her bank accounts and her mobile phone was switched off.

He said while there were no signs of a struggle, police were concerned for the 29-year-old's safety.

"We haven't found anything physical, but the very circumstances of the case is worrying," he said.

"We're hopeful for the best obviously, but we have some concerns that she may have met with foul play."

Ms Meagher had told friends she was happy to walk home alone.

Det Insp Potter said although the handbag had been located slightly off her normal route, it was probably the most direct and well lit way.

The group Ms Meagher was with had been to a number of venues, including Brunswick Green.

Det Insp Potter said attempts were being made to obtain CCTV images that may assist the investigation.

Anyone with information about Ms Meagher's whereabouts should contact police.

Police in particular would like to speak to anyone who was at Bar Etiquette or Brunswick Green in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Anyone with information is urged to call 000, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit

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