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Smartphone may be vital link in murder inquiry

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Jared Lynch

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Timothy O'Brien.

Timothy O'Brien.

A mobile phone could provide more clues about the alleged murder of a 14-year-old boy who died after being hit on the head with an axe.

Homicide detectives are searching for the smartphone, which was believed to be involved in the murder of Scarsdale boy, Timmy O'Brien.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman was tight lipped about who owned the phone and how it would help detectives in their investigation. "People have been charged so we have got to be mindful of that," she said.

The ZTE Racer-Android smartphone police believe holds answers to Timmy O'Brien's murder.

The ZTE Racer-Android smartphone police believe holds answers to Timmy O'Brien's murder.

Darren Wilson, 32, from Ballarat, and Joel Henderson, 39, of Wendouree, have each been charged with one count of murder.

In an out-of-sessions hearing last month, police alleged that on January 5 Timmy and his stepfather Peter Williams drove to an isolated home in Scarsdale to help two teenage girls who were feeling threatened by noises.

It was alleged two men were driving up and down the road where the girls were staying, intimidating them. One received a threatening phone call. An altercation erupted when Timmy and Mr Williams arrived at the home. This altercation led to Timmy's death.

Police have released an image of a phone, similar to the one they are looking for. Detectives described it as a ZTE Racer-Android smartphone.

People with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.

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