Detectives investigating the disappearance of 25-year-old Samantha Henderson have charged a man with her murder.
Samantha, of Halves Cottages in Corfe Castle, was reported missing at 8.43am on Thursday 22 January.
The last confirmed reported sighting of the mother-of-four was at around 3pm on Wednesday 21 January outside Corfe Castle Primary School in East Street.
Her whereabouts are still unknown.
Today, (27 January), Samantha’s partner 27-year-old Dominic Isom was charged with her murder.
He will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (28 January).
Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following extensive enquiries, we have consulted with John Montague at the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of murder at 3.26pm today.
“Family liaison officers have updated Samantha’s family with this development. Clearly, this is a very difficult time for the whole family and they have requested privacy. Her children are being cared for by relatives.
“It is also important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.
“We now believe Samantha has come to harm. At this time her whereabouts are still unknown and our search for her body continues. Searches of the Corfe Castle village area are ongoing. Specialist search officers have been brought in from Dorset and neighbouring forces to continue searching an area of woodland off the A351 near Corfe Castle.
“This latest development does not mean we do not want to hear from members of the public if they have any information that could help with the investigation into Samantha’s death, no matter how seemingly insignificant.
“We have seized Samantha’s blue Peugeot 307 Estate car and are still keen to speak with anyone who saw her car with the registration HV04 ZFM being driven between 3pm on Wednesday 21 January and 5pm on Friday 23 January.
“I am also urging anyone who saw Samantha after 3pm on Wednesday, had contact with her whether by phone or social media or has any information about her movements, to call me in confidence.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting Operation Cavalier. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.