THE search at Mount Korong had tongues wagging in Inglewood on Tuesday.
An Inglewood business owner, who did not wish to be named, said everyone was talking about the police search.
"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.
Other towns people told the Bendigo Advertiser they didn't know much about the police search but had been following media updates.
Police were searching Mount Korong, 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.
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.
It is believed there 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.
- with The Age