A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his 19-year-old daughter’s cousin, who was last seen in Lakefield, north of Melbourne.
Key points:Police said a search for 18-year old Jamiya Woodgrove ended without finding her daughter, 18-month-old Jamiyah Woodgroves’ body has been foundA family member of Jamiyanah Woodgrovers has been charged with murderA family friend of Jaminya Woodgrains has been interviewed over the murder of her cousinJamiya’s father said he was surprised by her disappearance.
Key point:Police are searching for Jamiyya WoodGroves and her daughterJamiyah was last heard from on Saturday, March 12.
She was reported missing after she did not turn up at work, according to police.
“This is a shocking loss to the family and to the community,” Acting Chief Commissioner of Police Michael Jones said.
“She was a caring, kind, hard-working person.
She was a lovely, caring and loving person.”
He said detectives were investigating whether JamiYya had been living with her mother or her grandmother in Lakeforest, north-west of Melbourne, or was in a caravan parked nearby.
“We do have concerns for her safety,” he said.
The case sparked widespread online and social media speculation about whether Jaminia’s disappearance had anything to do with the disappearance of her 18-months-old cousin, Jamiia Woodgrover.
“I’m really upset,” Jamiiya’s father, John Woodgrovell, told reporters at a press conference.
“It’s a really sad day.
I’m really, really upset.”
The disappearance of Jaidah Woodgriffiths daughter, Jaminyah Woodgrims disappearance was a shock to her family.
“To me, it’s not that we were worried, it was just a bit of a shock for us that we didn’t hear from her,” John said.
He said Jamiydah had recently started studying in Australia.
“At the end of the day, she wanted to go home,” he added.
“The whole family are just devastated.
We don’t know how to describe it, but we just don’t feel safe in this city.”
Police said they had no information on whether Jaimah was abducted.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” the statement read.
“If you or someone you know is in danger, contact police immediately.”
Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Crime Stompers on 1800 555 111 or Crimestoppers Victoria on 1800 666111.