A woman’s body has been discovered in Melbourne’s east, with police investigating if it is of a union worker who went missing 12 days ago.
The body was found in bushland at Willsmere-Chandler Park in Kew East about 5.05pm on Friday.
It is yet to be formally identified, but detectives are investigating whether the discovery is linked to the disappearance of Bridget Flack.
Ms Flack, 28, was last seen on Lygon Street on 30 November before telling a friend she was going for a walk at the Yarra Bend Park.
She never returned.
Ms Flack had been staying with a school friend and colleague in Carlton in the weeks before her disappearance.
Angela Pucci Love launched a public appeal to find her sister on Thursday, fearing she was more vulnerable in the community as a transgender woman.
Ms Love said her sister’s bank account has not been used since the day she went missing and her phone stopped ringing on 3 December.
The social science graduate had been struggling with mental health issues, her sister said, and received a hospital bed two days after she went missing.
The exact circumstances of the woman’s death are yet to be determined, but police are not treating it as suspicious.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
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