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Homicide squad looks for missing Vic nomad

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017 Rachel Gray

Homicide squad detectives fear a missing Victorian nomad could have become the victim of foul play after meeting a "sinister" stranger.

Joanne Martell disappeared in mid-2015 after leaving her dog Biscuit - with whom the 45-year-old always travelled - at a friend's house on the Mornington Peninsula.

She wasn't reported missing until May 2016 and, after speaking to family and friends, homicide squad detectives now believe the mother's disappearance is not only out of character but also "suspicious".

Ms Martell has not used her bank account or social media since she vanished.

The woman - who lived a transient lifestyle by staying with different friends - hasn't been in touch with her teenage daughter or her son who's in his 20s. Both live interstate.

Ms Martell's sister hasn't heard from her either.

Detective Inspector Michael Hughes says the 45-year-old's ex-partners aren't suspects.

"We've got nothing to suggest she's got enemies," the homicide squad detective told reporters on Wednesday.

"This will be someone that knows her, I'm sure, unless she's unfortunately come into contact with someone that's more sinister. She may have met someone."

Investigators want to speak with a caller who's previously provided information to Crime Stoppers.

"We believe that caller has information that could help us progress the investigation," Det Insp Hughes said.

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