Murder investigation launched after woman disappears

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the disappearance of a woman aged 25.

Samantha Henderson was reported missing at 8.43am on Thursday 22 January 2015 police were informed she had left home the pervious day at 4.30pm in Corfe Castle.

Following an initial investigation police have arrested a 27-year-old man who is known to Samantha on suspicion of her murder.

Extensive investigations are ongoing, including forensic experts examining Samantha’s home address in Corfe Castle.

Detective Inspector Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Sadly, our concerns for Samantha are so grave that we have today, Friday 23 January 2015, arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of her murder. However, we do not know at this time her whereabouts.

“Officers have been carrying extensive enquiries in the area and this evening further searches have been made near to where Samantha was last seen.

“Our investigations are focused on establishing exactly what has happened to Samantha between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. I would ask anyone who has seen or heard from Samantha since Wednesday afternoon to contact us.

“We strongly believe that Samantha may have come to harm and I would like to hear from anyone who we haven’t spoken to already and who may have information that could assist us.

“All calls will be treated in confidence.”

Samantha is described as white, five feet three inches tall, of a very slim build and with blonde hair. She was seen wearing a grey jumper, blue jeans and slippers.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 22:63. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.