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Woman charged with murder after man found in shallow grave

A woman has been charged with murder after the body of Victorian father Jade Goodwin was found buried in a shallow grave in Melbourne’s outskirts.

The remains of the 39-year-old were found on Sunday night at a property at Tyabb on the Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne.

The 36-year-old woman was charged with one count of murder on Thursday evening after being arrested earlier this week.

Two men, a 52-year-old and a 34-year-old, remain in custody and are assisting police.

A 36-year-old woman was charged with murder after the body of Victorian father Jade Goodwin (pictured) was found buried in a shallow grave in Melbourne on Sunday

Friends paid tribute to the dead man on social media.

‘You would give the shirt of your back if someone was in need. You were a true friend,’ one person posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

‘Rest In Peace Jade Goodwin what a man you were,’ another friend said.

‘I have just found this info about about your body being found in tyab (sic) you may be gone Jade but far from forgotten my friend.’

The woman was charged with one count of murder on Thursday evening after being arrested on Tuesday

The woman was charged with one count of murder on Thursday evening after being arrested on Tuesday

Mr Goodwin’s devastated partner Tash Smith shared a heart-wrenching tribute online. 

‘I miss you so much. You are my world. You gave me a beautiful daughter. Our baby has lost the best person a girl needs in her life — her daddy,’ she wrote. 

‘You had so much love to give and that’s all been taken away.’ 

Police arrested the 52-year-old man in Crib Point, on the Mornington Peninsula, on Thursday afternoon after taking the 34-year-old man into custody on Tuesday in Hastings. 

They were yet to be charged and were ‘assisting police with their inquiries’.

Police earlier discovered a pair of gloves and duct tape nearby, leading them to treat Mr Goodwin’s death as suspicious.

Mr Goodwin’s family and friends took to Facebook earlier this week to call on police to ‘find the people who took Jadey’s life’.

A body found on a rural property (pictured) on the outskirts of Melbourne on Sunday was identified to be local father Jade Goodwin

A body found on a rural property (pictured) on the outskirts of Melbourne on Sunday was identified to be local father Jade Goodwin

A black glove found in the driveway (pictured) has been marked as evidence as another glove and pieces of duct tape were collected in bags 

A black glove found in the driveway (pictured) has been marked as evidence as another glove and pieces of duct tape were collected in bags 

The man reportedly may have only been dead for a matter of hours before his body was discovered next to a shed on the rural property, which locals say was often used as a dumping ground.

He was last seen on October 13.  

Homicide detectives and forensic investigators searched the scene on Monday morning.

A black glove found in the driveway was marked as evidence. 

Officials were seen collecting pieces of duct tape from the area and a second glove was reportedly placed into an evidence bag at around 11am.   

Local residents said the farm had been vacant for more than one year and the abandoned plot had since become a waste land. 

The property where Mr Goodwin's body was buried is currently up for sale with a local real estate agent

The property where Mr Goodwin’s body was buried is currently up for sale with a local real estate agent

Local residents said the farm has been vacant for over one year and the plot was becoming a waste land 

Local residents said the farm has been vacant for over one year and the plot was becoming a waste land 

The property is known as Alden Park and is currently listed for sale with L. Cooper Real Estate in Somerville. 

‘The property is ideally suited for hobby farmer/horse enthusiast or horticulture production with a myriad of opportunities for the right buyer and includes large dam,’ the sale listing says.

The 11.7 hectare property was recently placed under contract according to a real estate sign out the front.  

Homicide detectives and investigators were hunting for clues Monday morning

Homicide detectives and investigators were hunting for clues Monday morning

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