A home has been raided by police as they investigate the suspected murder of a Ballarat mother who has not been seen for more than six months.
Kobie Parfitt, 43, was last seen at a property on Hickman Street in Ballarat on April 28.
Police appealed for information about her disappearance last month, before revealing this week they now believe the mother of four was murdered on the day she was last seen.
Missing Ballarat mother Kobie Parfitt. Credit:Victoria Police
On Tuesday night, detectives from the missing persons squad and forensic officers returned to Ballarat and executed a search warrant at a property in Hickman Street.
Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said they were getting "very close" to finding those responsible for Ms Parfitt's death.
"The investigation has led us to determine that Kobie was last seen alive at a property on Hickman Street on April 28, and we believe she was murdered the same day," he said.
"We have returned to the area a number of times already and will continue to do so every time we receive new information."
He said there are people in the community who know what happened to Ms Parfitt and urged them to come forward.
"We are continuing to receive a significant amount of information and it's a matter of time before those responsible for her death are arrested," he said.
"Our investigators are sifting through every piece of information and I would like to thank the public for their continued response to our appeals for information and urge anyone else with information to come forward."
Detective Inspector Stamper said earlier this week that there had been no activity on her phone or bank accounts since her disappearance.
He said Ms Parfitt had lived at the Hickman Street residence on and off for some time.
She had been estranged from her family and last saw her mother in March.
Earlier this month, Ms Parfitt's mother, Kathy Snowball, pleaded for anyone with information about her daughter's disappearance to come forward.
"We all need to know where she is and we need to bring her home. Please stop this nightmare we are living," she said.
Anyone with information regarding Kobie’s death is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
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