The woman who was accused of killing three people by poisoning mushrooms in eastern Victoria has been arrested.
Erin Patterson was apprehended by homicide detectives at around 8 am on Thursday. Her house was then surrounded by police.
This marked a significant development in the case, which has drawn international and national attention.
Photos show how Australian Federal Police officers led dogs through the property, as they searched for evidence inside and outside the house.
More than five hours after her arrest, Dean Thomas confirmed that Ms Patterson had not been interviewed.
Thomas told reporters that Ms Patterson would not be interviewed until the police’s search was over.
He noted that the investigation had been heavily scrutinized by members of the public and the media. The arrest was regarded as the next step in the investigation.
Despite the number of questions that the public has regarding the case, Thomas said that it was not easy to answer them all at the same time.
He stressed that it was important that the information provided did not affect the ongoing investigation.
Reiterating his call for caution, Thomas noted that the public should refrain from speculation and disseminating false information.
A spokesperson for Victoria Police confirmed that a search was carried out at Ms Patterson’s Gibson St home on Thursday morning.
A spokesperson for the police stated that the woman would be interviewed, and that the investigation was still ongoing.