Foul play suspected in disappearance

POLICE say they have uncovered evidence that a Sorell mother of two who has been missing for five days may have met with foul play.

Fourteen detectives, uniformed officers and police trainees searched Bridgewater for signs of 28-year-old Jodi Michele Eaton yesterday.

Ms Eaton was last seen at 2.30am on Saturday at a house in Sage Court, Bridgewater, where she had been drinking with friends. She was noticed missing at 7am and officially reported missing on Sunday night.

Detective Inspector Tim Dooley said police had uncovered evidence that made them "increasingly concerned" about her welfare.

"We are concerned that there might be some foul play with regard to Jodi's disappearance as well," he said.

The searches have turned up an item believed to have belonged to Ms Eaton.

Detective Inspector Dooley said witnesses who were at the house saw Ms Eaton and her partner have an argument at one stage during the night, before her partner left the premises alone.

He said her partner spoke to police that night, but would not say what about. When Ms Eaton's partner returned to the Sage Court property later on Saturday morning, she had already disappeared.

The partner is one of almost 30 people who have been spoken to by police, but Inspector Dooley said police were "comfortable" with his statements, which had been "substantially corroborated".

Detective Inspector Dooley would not confirm allegations a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club had been present at the party, and would not comment on whether blood had been found at the house, saying only that police received information that prompted them to forensically examine the property.

He said Ms Eaton's family was very anxious, and refused to say whether the search had been scaled up to a murder investigation.

"We very much hope that Jodi will be found, but as time passes, with what we know at this time, we have some serious concerns," he said.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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