A 41-year-old man has been charged with one count of murder, following the death of Samantha Fraser in Cowes last week.

The Paynesville man was arrested this morning and interviewed by police, according to a statement issued by police at 10.45am on Thursday.

He will appear at the Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court today, Thursday August 2.

Detectives continue to appeal for anyone who has dashcam footage taken on Monday July 23, in the vicinity of Phillip Island between 7am and 1pm and hasn’t already spoken to police to please download and secure the footage, then contact Crime Stoppers.

Investigators are particularly interested in footage taken in the vicinity of Seagrove Way, or between Seagrove Way and San Remo.

They would also like to hear from anyone with CCTV footage from Seagrove Way or surrounding streets or anywhere on Phillip island on the day of Samantha’s death.

Police are further continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed a man wearing a black hoodie with a distinctive dark blue band on the midriff and arms of the item or saw any motorcycle activity in the area on the day.

Anyone with information or with footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

 

PREVIOUSLY … 9.30am, Thursday August 2

Homicide Squad detectives have released footage of a man they are looking for following the death of a woman in Cowes last week.

Police were called to a house on Seagrove Way about 4.30pm on Monday, 23 July to conduct a welfare check on 38-year-old Samantha Fraser.

She was located deceased in the garage of the property.

Last week detectives appealed for any information in relation to Samantha’s death, including any CCTV or dashcam footage.

A number of people have since contacted police to provide information.

Investigators are today releasing footage of a man seen walking along Seagrove Way between 9am and 12.02pm.

The footage shows the man walking towards Samantha’s house.

The man is wearing a black hoodie with a distinctive dark blue band on the midriff and arms of the item, dark pants and dark shoes.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw the man in San Remo or Phillip Island that day, particularly in the vicinity of Seagrove Way, Cowes.

Investigators want to speak to any person who friends or associates may know possesses such a hoodie or similar.

They would also like to speak to anyone who may have sold a similar hoodie in the days or weeks leading up to Samantha’s death.

Police have also released CCTV of a motorcycle seen in the area on the day and are looking at the possibility the rider may be the same man.

Police have received video footage of this motorcycle in Cowes and are keen to identify and contact the rider.

The motorcycle was captured on Thompson Avenue, Cowes on the morning prior to Samantha’s murder and later on Settlement Road after police believe she was murdered.

Detective Inspector Tim Day urged anyone who may have information about the identity of the man, the clothing or the motorcycle to come forward.

“At this stage we can’t account for that man being in the street and are looking to find out who he is and why he was there,” he said.

“This sighting is of vital importance to this investigation.

“Detectives are also looking at whether he possibly bought the hoodie i

n the days or weeks before going to the property, which is why we’re asking anyone who might recall selling a hoodie fitting this description to contact us.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw this man in San Remo or Phillip Island that day, particularly in the vicinity of Seagrove Way, Cowes.

“Any piece of information could be crucial in solving this murder.”

Detectives are again asking anyone who has dashcam footage taken on Monday, 23 July in the vicinity of Phillip Island between 7am and 1pm and hasn’t already spoken to police to please download and secure the footage, then contact Crime Stoppers.

Investigators are particularly interested in footage taken in the vicinity of Seagrove Way, or between Seagrove Way and San Remo.

They would also like to hear from anyone with CCTV footage from Seagrove Way or surrounding streets or anywhere on Phillip island on the day of Samantha’s death.

Anyone with information or with footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au