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Human remains found at Goulburn identified as Samah Baker

August 31, 2023 7:30 pm in by

Human remains found at Goulburn last month have been identified as those of 30 year old Samah Baker.

About 9am on Friday July 28, a woman located the remains in grassland off the Hume Highway, about 100-metres south of the Windellama Road overpass.

Further remains were found and the items were taken away and forensically examined.

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Back in May, Samah’s on and off partner James Hachem was sentenced to 24 years jail for her murder.

The Baker family has released the following statement:

On Friday 4 January 2019, Samah was taken away from us in the cruellest way.

In the years that followed, our grief has been compounded by the fact that we have not been able to have a funeral or lay her to rest.

We never got to say goodbye to her or tell her we loved her for the last time.

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The news of her remains being discovered four and a half years later isn’t a neat resolution, but it does offer a small measure of what we’ve been longing for all this time.

Each development in the case feels like a reopening of our barely healed wounds, reminding us of the harsh reality of our loss.

Even though what remains of Samah has been found, it feels like losing her all over again.

We ask for privacy in dealing with our grief.

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