Man Charged With Murder, Police Continue To Hunt For Woman's Body
A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the murder of missing woman Samah Baker, who was last seen more than two months ago.
The Sydney woman was last seen by a friend after being dropped at her Parramatta home in the early hours of January 4.
She was reported missing by relatives later that day after they could not get in touch with her.
On Friday morning James Hachem was charged with Baker's murder.
Police are still searching for her body.
Now police are hunting a silver 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan which could provide more details about the hours before Baker was allegedly murdered.
"Police believe a person of interest was in the Mitsubishi Lancer and it is in relation to the disappearance of Samah," Superintendent Julie Boon told media on Saturday.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw the Lancer in Early Street, Parramatta in Sydney's west, between 1am and 4am on January 4 to contact police.
Investigators are also searching for dashcam footage of the Hume Highway between Sydney and Canberra from 5pm on January 4 to 5am on January 5.
Police conducted an extensive search of bushland at Yarra, about 16 kilometers southwest of Golbourn on Wednesday and Thursday.
10 News First understands police also searched a home in Sydney's south about a month ago, scouring the home, its backyard and bushland across the road for several days.
On Friday, Hachem was arrested at a shopping centre in Hurstville in Sydney's south at about 10.30am. He was later charged with murder. Police believe Samah was an acquaintance of Hachem's at the time of her disappearance.
The man was arrested in Hurstville. Image: NSW Police.
"We are of course hopeful that Samah's body will be found so her family can put her to rest," Boon said.
The 32-year-old accused murderer had his case heard in Parramatta Court on Saturday. His lawyer asked that he did not appear via video link and instead asked for the matter to be adjourned until Tuesday.
Outside court, Hachem's lawyer said he expects his client will apply for bail. Warwick Korn also claimed his client has provided police with some of the most significant information during their investigation.
"He has taken part in statements, provided police with some of the most crucial information that they are currently working from," Korn said.
Hachem will be back in court on Tuesday. Police continue to search for Baker's body.
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