Accused killer of Ballarat mother Samantha Murphy named

March 8, 2024 11:55 am in by
Photo: Victoria Police

The accused killer of Ballarat mum Samantha Murphy can now be named.

22-year-old Patrick Orren Stephenson was arrested on Wednesday, after a month-long investigation into the disappearance of Ms. Murphy.

Mr. Stephenson is from the Ballarat region and is the son of ex-AFL player Orren Stephenson.

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A temporary suppression order prevented the man’s name being published but was lifted after a challenge in the courts by several media outlets.

He has been remanded in custody until his next court hearing in August.