The group, which was created to help coordinate the search efforts for Samantha Murphy, has been deleted from Facebook due to the infighting and personal attacks that it had experienced.
The group had over 20,000 members as speculation grew about the mum’s disappearance.
In a post on Monday, the group’s creator Cindy Hobbs said that she had been given the go-ahead to remove the group.
She noted that it had served its purpose and urged its members to help by quitting.
After thanking everyone for their support, Ms Hobbs said that she hopes to get on with her life and be with her family.
She also stated that she would continue to pray for the return of Sam. The 51-year-old mother was last seen on February 4 while she was jogging in the area.
On Saturday, the Victoria Police stated that the search for Sam had been scaled back following a week of unsuccessful efforts.
Despite the extensive searches that were conducted in the area, no sign of the missing mother has been found.
The police noted that there was still a lot of work to be done to solve the mystery.
According to Ms Hobbs, she came up with the group after going through a day of unorganized searching.
She said she wanted to help in bringing the search efforts together. The police were also monitoring the page to collect information that could be used in their investigation.
Ms Hobbs stated that she had decided to remove the group due to the cost she and her family had incurred.
Due to the lack of information from the authorities regarding the case, the members of the group have speculated that a psychic medium has some insights on Samanthas disappearance.
Over the past week, there were arguments and innuendos on the Facebook page that was created to help find Sam Murphy.
A rival page, which has less than a hundred members, was created by individuals who have questioned Ms Hobbs’ motives.
In her media appearances and on the site, Ms Hobbs has stated that she did not know the mother and was only trying to connect with the people who could help search for her.
People who claimed to be members of the rival group accused Ms Hobbs of promoting herself by appearing in news reports and claiming that she knew the Murphy family.
Some of the members of the group, which is called Help FIND Samantha Murphy, also claimed that they had been removed from the group.
One of the group’s administrators stated that the interviews that Ms Hobbs conducted were only beneficial for her own page.
I started the page because I want people to have unedited conversations about the case until Sam is found.
The rival group criticized Ms Hobbs for taking it down. The police also scaled back their search efforts over the weekend after taking over the investigation.
The police also asked residents in the areas of East Ballarat, Buninyong, and Mount Helen to submit any dashcam or CCTV footage they may have captured on February 4.