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Community Safety Violence against Women Female Murdered Botanical Gardens, Melbourne Herald Sun June 30th 2014

Hunt for homeless man Scott Allen Miller suspected of murdering woman in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens

Homeless man sought over Vic woman's death
POLICE are continuing to hunt a homeless man after items found at the scene of a woman’s murder in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens linked him to the crime.
Police believe suspect Scott Allen Miller, 42, is still in Melbourne’s CBD two days after the woman was killed, her body left under a tree in the Botanic Gardens.
Detective Inspector John Potter said the woman was murdered while she was walking to work between 5am and 7am on Saturday.
It is believed the victim, a Chinese woman aged in her 30s, was working in Melbourne’s hospitality industry.
At 8.35am, her naked body was discovered by joggers at St Kilda Rd and Linlithgow Ave, near the Police Memorial, with injuries to her legs consistent with being dragged.
Inside the rotunda. Picture: Jay Town
Homicide Squad detectives are appealing for Scott Allen Miller to come forward.
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Scott Allen Miller had been sleeping in the Janet Lady Clark Rotunda in the Botanic Garde
Scott Allen Miller had been sleeping in the Janet Lady Clark Rotunda in the Botanic Gardens. Picture: Jay Town
Inside the rotunda. Picture: Jay Town
Inside the rotunda. Picture: Jay Town
The Herald Sun understands Mr Miller had been sleeping in the Janet Lady Clarke Rotunda, which is monitored by CCTV cameras, just 200m from where the woman’s body was found.
Metres in front of the rotunda, homicide detectives cordoned off a second crime scene and scoured the bush and a lake for anything connected with the woman’s death.
A thin mattress, blankets and black garbage bags filled with item were left abandoned under the rotunda.
Det-Insp Potter told 3AW radio today that items at the crime scene were linked to Mr Miller, and it was “most important that he came forward”.
The victim’s relatives are yet to be notified of her death.
Police said Mr Miller did not know the victim personally.
Miller, described as a loner, moved to Victoria from Western Australia six weeks ago.
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Picture: Herald Sun
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Police searching the site for clues. Picture: Richard Serong
Police searching the site for clues. Picture: Richard Serong
Homicide Squad Detective Sergeant Nathan Favre said police could not rule out whether the victim had been sexually assaulted.
“Certainly the manner in which the deceased was located in a state of undress indicates that may have been the case,” he said.
“She was certainly found (in) a state of undress with a number of injuries that are being assessed.
“I don't wish to go into the exact injuries.”
Salvation Army Major Brendan Nottle said Mr Miller had been known to welfare workers for the last two to three months, regularly dropping in for a meal at the Salvo’s cafe at Bourke St.
Workers had also delivered meals at the rotunda where he slept alone.
He had otherwise refused assistance.
“We have had no issues with him,” Major Nottle said.
“He has been very quiet and kept to himself”.
Other homeless people near the Botanic Gardens also said Miller had kept to himself.
“I’ve seen him around but never spoken to him,” one said.
Mr Miller does not have any criminal history in Victoria, but is known to police in other states for non-violent matters.
Det-Sgt Favre confirmed police had spoken with Mr Miller in Melbourne’s CBD in May because he was sleeping on the streets.
Police warned members of the public not to approach Mr Miller because he could be dangerous.
They should instead contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Originally published as Items link homeless man to murder

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