Man charged with murder of missing Sydney woman
A MANhas been charged with murder by police investigating the suspicious disappearance of a young woman in western Sydney.
Samah Baker was last seen by a friend after being dropped at her Parramatta home in the early hours of January 4.
The 30-year-old was reported missing by relatives later that day after they could not get in touch with her.
Local detectives, with help from the homicide squad, launched an immediate investigation and on Wednesday, began a forensic search of bushland at Yarra, southwest of Goulburn.
Officers found several items that may be relevant to the investigation, NSW Police said in a statement.
Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 32-year-old man at a shopping centre in Hurstville about 10.30am on Friday and charged him with murder.
He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court via video link on Saturday.
Police are continuing their inquiries as they search for Ms Baker's body.