Police are continuing to search for a Melbourne woman missing for more than a week, after they revealed they had charged her former partner with matters “unrelated” to her disappearance.
Maryam Hamka, 36, was last seen on April 10 and has not used her bank account, phone or social media since. Her family reported her missing on Friday.
On Saturday, Victoria Policearrested a 45-year-old-man following a search warrant at a home in Brighton.
In a later statement, police said the man had been charged with matters “unrelated” to Maryam’s disappearance and will appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on April 30.
Police have not yet revealed what he was charged with, but said they believe he is Ms Hamka’s former partner and that he had assisted them with their inquiries.
Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said on Saturday there were “significant concerns” for the woman, who left her family home in Brunswick last Saturday afternoon with a bag of clothing.
“We’re aware she was picked up by a male companion – at this stage there’s inquiries being conducted as to who that person was,” he said.
Ms Hamka was last seen at a Woolworths store in Albert St, Brunswick at 5.30pm on Saturday.
She had told family she was intending to visit a friend in Brighton.
Ms Hamka is described as 165cm tall, with a thin build and long black hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion.
She was last seen wearing a black dress.