“I understand that this is a fairly common car, but I’m hopeful there will be people who remember seeing one with this type of front damage or one very distinctly being driven by a male driver with no passengers,” said the head of the missing persons squad, Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper.
“At this stage we’re not able to limit too much the areas the car has travelled to, so we’re appealing to the general public to check their CCTV and dash-cam footage for a vehicle matching this description. We do know the car has left a residence in Brighton, so this really marks our starting point.
“Sadly, we are yet to locate Maryam but we are hopeful that any information regarding the movements of the red Mazda 3 will help progress the investigation.”
Ms Hamka was last seen leaving Woolworths in Albert Street, Brunswick, at 5.30pm on April 10 and her family holds grave fears for her safety. The 36-year-old has not used her social media accounts, phone or bank accounts since then.
Police have described Ms Hamka as 165 centimetres tall, with a thin build and long black hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion. She was last seen wearing a black dress and had told family she was intending to visit a friend in Brighton.
Her brother told The Age in April she was known for her loving nature toward her family, including her nephews and nieces.
“She had such a big, beautiful heart, she had nothing but love for all her family. It was in her nature to always help others before she helped herself.”
Detectives are appealing to anyone with information about the vehicle or regarding Ms Hamka’s whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
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