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Exposing the similarities between the alleged killers of Sam Murphy and Hannah McGuire

The two men who are separately charged with the murder of a mother-of-three and a young woman in Ballarat were both aged in their 20s and are believed to have been raised in supportive households.

The community in the regional Victorian town, northwest of Melbourne, has been rocked by a series of tragedies over the past two months.

Samantha Murphy, 51, was last seen leaving her home in East Ballarat for a run on the morning of February 4.

Police believe she was murdered the same day she disappeared, but searches for her remains have been unsuccessful.

Ballarat residents were again shaken on Friday by news of the death of Hannah McGuire, 23, whose remains were found in a burnt-out car near Scarsdale, southwest of Ballarat, shortly before 10 a.m. Morning.

Samantha Murphy, 51, was last seen leaving her home in East Ballarat for a run on the morning of February 4.

Hannah McGuire was found dead in a burnt-out car on Friday, southwest of Ballarat.

Hannah McGuire was found dead in a burnt-out car on Friday, southwest of Ballarat.

As the community spent a month searching for answers about Ms Murphy’s whereabouts, speculation ended when Patrick Orren Stephenson, 22, was arrested at a house near Ballarat on March 6.

He has been charged with her alleged murder and remains behind bars in Melbourne until his next court appearance in August.

Stephenson is the son of former AFL player Orren Stephenson, who played 15 games for Geelong and Richmond between 2012 and 2014.

He also lived locally in the Scotsburn area, just 15 minutes from East Ballarat.

Lachie Young, 21, has meanwhile been charged with Ms McGuire’s alleged murder, and it is understood the couple had recently separated and had been living together for a year.

Patrick Orren Stephenson, 22, has been charged with the alleged murder of Ms Murphy

Patrick Orren Stephenson, 22, has been charged with the alleged murder of Ms Murphy

Lachie Young, 21, has meanwhile been charged with the alleged murder of Ms McGuire.

Lachie Young, 21, has meanwhile been charged with the alleged murder of Ms McGuire.

The Daily Mail Australia revealed on Monday that Ms McGuire had desperately tried to obtain an intervention order against a man days before his death.

It is understood her death was initially ruled a suicide before a coroner’s report said she had suffered fatal injuries before her suspected death in a car.

The remains of that car were found off State Forest Road near Scarsdale, southwest of Ballarat in Victoria, on Friday.

It can further be revealed that Ms McGuire was friends with Young’s sister Bek Young.

Images of Young obtained from social media indicate that he had a good education and remained close to his parents until the day of his arrest.

His parents’ family home is located a stone’s throw from the Sebastopol home where detectives arrested him Sunday.

Young appeared in the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he was told he would be kept behind bars until his next appearance in September.

Outside court, Ms McGuire's devastated parents Glenn, Debbie and her brother walked away in grief as Ballarat lawyer Brook Tamanika made a statement on their behalf to waiting media.

Outside court, Ms McGuire’s devastated parents Glenn, Debbie and her brother walked away in grief as Ballarat lawyer Brook Tamanika made a statement on their behalf to waiting media.

Outside court, Ms McGuire’s devastated parents Glenn, Debbie and her brother walked away in grief as Ballarat lawyer Brook Tamanika issued a statement on their behalf to waiting media.

“As you can imagine, this is a very devastating time for the family, for Hannah’s loved ones and for our community as a whole,” she said.

“The family has assisted the police, but I cannot comment on the status of the case.”

The charges against Stephenson and McGuire led to them each being taken into custody for the first time.

Both men were also reportedly raised in supportive and loving families.

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