THE body of a Hawthorn father who was murdered last week has been found at Mount Korong near Inglewood.
Police found the body of Wayne Amey, who they believe met a grim end on December 10, on Wednesday afternoon after extensive search efforts.
Police, with the assistance of the SES, police airwing and dog squad, spent two days combing Crown land at Mount Korong for Mr Amey's body.
Earlier on Wednesday, an ex-girlfriend of Mr Amey appeared made a brief appearance in the Melbourne Magistrates Court after it was alleged she helped dispose of his body.
Robyn Jane Lindholm, a one-time girlfriend of slain underworld figure Alphonse Gangitano, was arrested last week in relation to the disappearance and suspected death of Mr Amey.
Ms Lindholm, of Reservoir, was charged on Tuesday with being an accessory to murder.
She is also charged with intentionally causing serious injury to Mr Amey on December 10 and stealing his red Toyota Hilux that same day.
Charge sheets tendered to court allege that some time between December 10 and December 14, Ms Lindholm knew or believed John Anthony Ryan killed Mr Amey and assisted in the disposal of Mr Amey’s body.
Detectives were told the body had been dumped in a crevasse at Mount Korong after he was attacked near his Hawthorn apartment on December 10.
Mr Ryan, 36, is still on the run from police.
Ms Lindholm made no application for bail and was remanded in custody to appear again on May 13.
The unfolding events are talk of the town at Inglewood.
On Tuesday an Inglewood business owner, who did not wish to be named, said everyone was talking about the police search at Mount Korong.
"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."
Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles told the Bendigo Advertiser on Tuesday afternoon police believed Mr Amey's body was somewhere between two large rocks or boulders in a crevice.
Police do not believe Mr Amey died at Mount Korong.
"I think he died somewhere within Melbourne metropolitan area," Detective Senior Sergeant Iddles said.
Meanwhile, an Inglewood publican says three people linked to the ongoing investigation were at his hotel last Thursday.