A MISSING woman has been found dead in bushland at Mulwala and a man charged with her murder.
The body of Simone Fraser, 57, was discovered in the Mulwala State Forest, off Tocumwal Road, about 4pm on Tuesday.
The woman was from the western Melbourne suburb of Melton and 57-year-old Peter Brown from nearby Rockbank was charged.
The victim's daughter Lacey had spent the past few days appealing for information about her mother’s disappearance on Facebook.
She said her mother hadn’t been seen by her neighbours since Thursday.
“I hope you’re OK mum,” Lacey said in one of several videos posted before the grim discovery.
“I’m worried, you know?
“Your friends, your family are worried you know?
“Where are you?
Lacey said that her mother had been planning to go to the Ed Sheeran concert but the ticket was still at her home.
Ms Fraser had then been planning a trip on the Spirit of Tasmania.
Lacey said she had reported her mother missing to police.
“Mum, or whoever’s with my mum, or knows my mum’s whereabouts and you’re watching this … please get her to call me,” she said.
“Please. Or get in touch with Melton police station.”
Mr Brown did not apply for bail during a hearing in Melbourne yesterday.
He was remanded in custody until July 4.
Police officers conducted a line search at the crime scene, which is about seven kilometres west of the Mulwala township, yesterday.
It’s believed the body was discovered near the front entry to the forest.
John Weinert, who runs Murray Estate Wines near the crime scene, said the area was popular with campers.
He was concerned by the discovery.
“It’s a quiet little country area so it’s definitely not good,” he said.
“It makes you feel a bit uncomfortable, but I guess we’re not immune to this sort of thing.”
Mr Weinert had noticed a police presence at the scene on Tuesday which grew each time he drove past.
The crime scene was located near Wemyss Road.
The Victorian missing person squad had been investigating Ms Fraser's disappearance.
NSW officers, including those from Albury and surrounds, examined the crime scene.
The incident took many business people and residents in the area by surprise.
Mr Weinert said the biggest issue at the state forest was usually dirt bike riders causing problems.
Ms Fraser’s daughter said she had been trying to remain optimistic before the discovery.
“If you’re watching mummy, I love you,” Lacey said in a video.
Police continue to investigate.