Update: Police searching bushland for suspected murder victim

UPDATE: 12.10PM: Robyn Lindholm has made a brief appearance in Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Charge sheets tendered to court allege Ms Lindholm knew or believed Mr Amey had been killed by John Anthony Ryan between December 10 and December 14. Mr Ryan, 36, is still on the run from police.

Ms Lindholm, wearing a black singlet with silver sequins, said nothing during her court appearance, during which she looked at two women seated at court.

She was remanded in custody to appear again on May 13.

Defence counsel Juliet Hardy said her client was coming down from using the drug ice, had never been in custody before and suffered from panic attacks and asthma.

Ms Hardy said Ms Lindholm also wanted to see a doctor, as she had suffered several abrasions during her arrest. She made no application for bail.

Meanwhile, police are still searching for the body of suspected murder victim Wayne Amey at Mount Korong near Inglewood.

An Inglewood publican says three people linked to the ongoing investigation into the suspected murder of Wayne Amey were at his hotel last Thursday.

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UPDATE, 11.50AM: AN Inglewood publican says three people linked to the ongoing investigation into the suspected murder of Wayne Amey were at his hotel last Thursday.

Empire State Hotel owner Enzo Scafati said police asked for his security footage on Monday.

"There was three - two guys and a girl," he said.

"They were in the pub for a little while and had a few drinks.

"The police have been in and taken the security footage.

"I served them. 

"I didn't know, they were like everyone else.

"They just had a couple of drinks and had a few bets on the machine."

Mr Scafati said police had traced a Keno ticket back to his hotel.

"You don't want anything like that to happen here, any town," he said.

"But it's not really in town, all the stuff's over at Mount Korong.

"They were here and they had a bet.

"They had Keno tickets.

"How I got involved is they found a Keno ticket that they bought in the pub.

"They traced it back to here."

UPDATE, 11.20AM: The search continues at Mount Korong.

A police media spokeswoman has confi

"Not yet," she said.

"They're still searching, however, they are hopeful."

UPDATE, 9AM: The search will resume at Mount Korong on Wednesday about 10am.

Police and SES ended Tuesday's efforts about 7pm.

A body has not yet been found.

UPDATE, 4.45PM: A Police media spokeswoman has confirmed a body has not yet been found.

The Bendigo Advertiser were at Mount Korong watching the search unfold until just after 3pm.

An Inglewood business owner said the search was talk of the town.

"Quite often a small town is quite affected by news like this," she said.

"It can have an influence on people coming to the area, sometimes."

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said various businesses had been contacted by police for CCTV footage.

UPDATE, 2.15PM: Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles provided some background to the situation during a press conference at the base of Mount Korong.

"Probably go back to late on the 10th of December, a Tuesday night, Wayne Amey, who runs a gym in Hawthorn, went home about 11.20pm," Detective Senior Sergeant Iddles said.

"He went into the car park where he was staying.

"He was there attacked by two men and taken away from there.

"One of the persons responsible took his 4WD which was a red Toyota Hilux."

The same vehicle was involved in a police pursuit on Friday and two people were arrested – a male and female.

"They are still in police custody, still being interviewed and still assisting us with inquiries," Detective Senior Sergeant Iddles said.

"As a result of the information we're confident that, sadly, Wayne Amey's body is here at Mount Korong."

UPDATE, 1.40pm:  Detective Senior Sergeant Ron iddles is confident police are looking in the right place.

"As a result of information we're confident that, sadly, Wayne Amey is here at Mount Korong," he said.

"We've started a search this morning and will continue today with the support of the police dog and airwing."

UPDATE, 1.20pm: A police helicopter is flying over the mountain to help locate the body.

UPDATE, 1pm: It is a waiting game for media crews at the base of Mount Korong. 

Police are still searching the mountain while others are waiting at its base.

UPDATE, noon:

THE Bendigo Advertiser is at the scene of the search. 

Various media outlets are waiting at the base of Mount Korong while the search continues.

It is believed half the mountain has been searched and a helicopter is on its way.

Police and SES are at the scene.

Earlier:

Police are searching an area near Inglewood for the body of a man who may have been killed after a dispute with his former partner.

Wayne Amey is believed to have been killed on December 10.

Mr Amey, 54, was last seen leaving Romeo’s restaurant on Toorak Road in Toorak around 11.10pm last Tuesday. 

The alarm was raised by Mr Amey’s son the following morning when he went to his father’s apartment in Hawthorn and noticed his car missing and a pool of blood in the car park.

Mr Amey’s vehicle was located on Friday in the Brunswick area.

Two people, a 40-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man, have been arrested and are in police custody assisting with enquiries. 

Homicide squad Detective Inspector John Potter said police were searching for another man, John Anthony Ryan, who may have been involved in the murder.

Detective Inspector Potter said Mr Amey had been separated from his former partner for several years, and there had been ongoing animosity between the couple.

Mr Amey, Mr Ryan, and the two people in custody are all known to police and knew each other.

Mr Amey’s red Hilux ute was stolen on the night he was killed but was found on Friday afternoon in Brunswick, when the man and woman were arrested.

Mr Potter said it was possible Amey was killed at his house or kidnapped before being murdered at another location.

A weapon may have been used.

Police started searching Crown land near Mount Korong on Monday, but have found no trace of Mr Amey.

Detective Inspector Potter said it was unclear if the woman, 40, was the mother of Mr Amey’s son.

He said he did know if the woman was involved in a relationship with the 54-year-old who has been arrested, or with Mr Ryan.

Mr Ryan, 36, is believed to be in the Coburg area.

Police have checked his address and the addresses of known associates, and found his yellow Honda motorcycle in Coburg on Monday.

A warrant has been issued for Mr Ryan’s arrest and the public were warned not to approach him.

Detective Inspector Potter said the motive for the murder was unclear, but could not rule out that drugs were a factor.

‘‘There’s a dispute there, we’re working on a theory, but it is only a theory at this stage,’’ he said.

Anyone with information about Mr Amey’s murder or My Ryan’s whereabouts is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.

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