Jill Meagher: Missing Irishwoman's handbag found

Jill Meagher Jill Meagher was last seen leaving a bar

A police investigation in Melbourne into the disappearance of an Irishwoman has been passed to homicide detectives.

Jill Meagher, who is originally from Drogheda, was last seen leaving a bar in Melbourne at about 01:30 local time in the early hours of Saturday.

The 29-year-old's handbag and its contents were found in a nearby street on Monday. The area has been cordoned off while searches are carried out.

She works for ABC radio and had been out for the night with work colleagues.

A Facebook page was set up to raise awareness. Ms Meagher's husband, Thomas, said the public response had been huge.

The couple moved to Australia from Ireland three years ago.

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