Detectives investigating the murder of 25-year-old Samantha Henderson have renewed their appeal for the public’s help.
Samantha, of Halves Cottages, was reported missing at 8.43am on Thursday 22 January. The last confirmed reported sighting of the mother-of-four was at around 3pm on Wednesday 21 January outside Corfe Castle Primary School in East Street.
Samantha’s body was found on Friday 30 January in the lake near Ham Common in Hamworthy, Poole. Her body was officially identified by family members yesterday, Sunday 1 February.
Police have today, (2 February), renewed their appeal for sightings of Samantha’s blue Peugeot 307 estate car with the registration HV04 ZFM being driven in the areas around Corfe Castle and Ham Common, Hamworthy, between 3pm on Wednesday 21 January and 5pm on Friday 23 January.
Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Although we have found Samantha’s body and a man is charged with murder, it is still vital that people come forward with any information that could help us build a picture of exactly what happened.
“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who travelled between the A351 Wareham flyover, Blandford Road, Lake Road and Lake Drive in Hamworthy between 7.50pm and 9.10pm on Wednesday 21 January and 6.30am and 8am on Thursday 22 Januar and captured their journey on CCTV in their lorry cabs, dashboard cams in their cars or vans or head cams on their motorbike or bicycle helmets. This footage may be very useful to our investigation and I urge you to call me and let our officers determine whether it is of importance.
“I would like to assure people that they can approach us in confidence with anything they know or have seen. You can also provide information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers.”
Officers have concluded their searches in Hamworthy and forensic examinations of Samantha’s home address will continue this week.
Samantha’s partner Dominic Isom, 27, of Corfe Castle, has been charged with her murder. He pleaded not guilty at Winchester Crown Court on Friday 30 January and has been remanded in custody to stand trial on 13 July.
DI Devoto continued: “It is important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.
“I would also like to remind the public that certain legal constraints apply as a person has been charged in connection with this investigation. Therefore Dorset Police would hate for anyone to accidentally impact on the investigation or court case by posting well-intended but inappropriate comments on social media.”
Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting Operation Cavalier or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, where mobile phone tariffs may apply.