New challenge facing Sam Murphy cops

Cops investigating Samantha Murphy’s alleged murder may have encountered a new problem – difficulty accessing her cell phone.

Officers found the mum’s iPhone next to a dam on a property in Buninyong during a targeted search on Wednesday.

The discovery of the phone is a big breakthrough in the case and police are likely hoping it will lead them to the mother’s body, which has not yet been found.

However, family members do not know the passcode, and there have been cases where manufacturers have refused to hand over passcodes to the police in cases that occurred in foreign jurisdictions. Herald Sunrelationships.

If and when they unlock Ms Murphy’s phone, police should compare the data with any other known phones in the immediate area.

Ms Murphy’s phone also contains tracking data transferred from her smartwatch.

This could show if it was transported by a vehicle.

Apple can unlock phones but the data is erased when the phone is accessed.

“Devices locked with a passcode are protected by passcode encryption, and Apple cannot help remove the passcode lock without erasing the device,” Apple’s privacy policy reads.

“For security reasons, Apple requires and verifies legal documentation before we can assist with a deceased person’s account.” This generally includes a death certificate and may also require a court order or other documentation. Requirements vary by country and region.”

Ms Murphy was going for a run in Ballarat East on February 4 when she disappeared.

Retired detective Charlie Bezzina suggested someone may have thrown the phone into the dam and then hidden Ms Murphy’s body elsewhere in an attempt to deceive police.

Bezzina, a veteran police officer with decades of experience, said he found it disconcerting that police could locate the submerged phone without prior intelligence.

He speculated that authorities may have had some degree of tracking information while the phone was still active, suggesting that police may know more than they are revealing.

The phone, encased in a wallet-shaped case with cards inside, was among several “items of interest” found near Buninyong Dam. It was discovered by a police dog along Buninyong-Mt Mercer Road, where police teams equipped with pickaxes, shovels, rakes and metal detectors, meticulously searched the surrounding blackberry bushes.

Police divers entered the dam later in the afternoon.

Bezzina theorized that someone might have kept Ms. Murphy’s phone for some time before throwing it into the dam.

“With phones it’s great. There are a lot of things the carrier, or carriers, don’t tell us about the capabilities of a phone,” Bezzina said via Herald Sun.“When your phone is turned off, people ask you, ‘is it still transmitting’ and ‘if the battery dies, will it still transmit?’ Some do and some don’t.”

Bezzina said it’s not uncommon for offenders to keep items for a while before throwing them away, especially cell phones.

“We don’t know when that phone was thrown in there, it’s not unusual for offenders to keep items for a while, especially mobile phones… for all we know they could have been discarded just a few weeks ago,” he said.

“Often offenders will go back and do things, keep the phone somewhere or with them, and then throw it away later.”

A man is scheduled to appear in Ballarat Magistrates Court on August 8, charged with Ms Murphy’s murder.

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