CCTV has revealed a half-dressed woman walking through the streets of Geelong before she went missing, days before her body was pulled from the river.
Two men rowing at the Barwon River in Newtown last month made the grim discovery of what they believed to be human remains, and alerted police.
Water police attended and were able to retrieve the body, which investigators have identified as belonging to 40-year-old Geelong West woman Melanie Blogg.
A post mortem was conducted and at this stage, it is not known whether the death is suspicious, police said.
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Ms Blogg was captured on CCTV wearing black socks and only one shoe – on her left foot. She was wearing an oversized blue or grey coloured hoodie with the words ‘Global gathering’ embossed across the front, and white embossed lettering on the back. It appears Melanie was not wearing anything on her lower body apart from underpants.
About 6.30pm on the night of August 17 she was seen walking north on Halstead Place, then west on Spring Street towards Pakington Street.
Security camera footage shows her again at 7.30pm returning to Halstead Place before walking north along that street, then east along Spring Street towards Latrobe Terrace just before 7.45pm.
At this stage police cannot account for Melanie’s movements from that time on, until her body was found in the river on August 31.
Police have released CCTV footage and images of Ms Blogg in an appeal for anyone who saw her or had any contact with her from August 16 onwards to come forward.
Investigators are also asking local business owners and other residents in the area to check if they have CCTV that may show the woman on the night of August 17 or thereafter, to secure the footage and contact police.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.