Answer: yes. We only analyze what we have in front of us. What he said to the police could be different. We would have needed either his police statement or a reporter willing to ask straight questions.
Police are also searching for four people who were captured on CCTV footage walking near the ABC employee just minutes before she vanished after a night out in Brunswick last week.
Police say the footage shows the 29-year-old woman walking outside a bridal dress shop on Brunswick's Sydney Road at around 1.40am (AEST) on Saturday.
It shows a man in a blue top walking back and forth on Sydney Road. He then starts talking with Ms Meagher outside the bridal store at 1.42am to 1.43am.
She is in high heels and is carrying one or two bags.
He then walks off ahead of her and she waits behind for a moment, then continues walking.
The images are the last known sighting of the woman before she vanished. Her disappearance has triggered a homicide investigation amid fears she has met with foul play.
Homicide squad chief John Potter said police had grave concerns for Ms Meagher, who had not been heard of since the early hours of Saturday morning despite widespread media coverage and hadn't accessed her bank account.
He said the CCTV shows Ms Meagher and six other people, whom they have urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Police are particularly keen to speak to the man in the blue hoodie, who walked past the CCTV camera twice before talking to Ms Meagher.
"There may be a rational explanation to what's happened but he certainly could help us,'' Det Insp Potter said.
"It appears to be a casual conversation struck by looking at the footage but we don't know.''
One of the men in the footage can be seen looking back and "must have seen something'', he said.
Ms Meagher left Bar Etiquette on Sydney Road at 1.33am on Saturday.
She then appears to have crossed Sydney Road and then started to walk north, Det Insp Potter said.
He said Ms Meagher appeared to be holding her mobile phone in the footage.
"We think she's holding her phone and it's possible that she's either about to phone or is phoning someone,'' he said.
She called her brother in Perth at 1.43-1.45am, just after the footage ends.
Police have examined CCTV footage at the block of flats where Ms Meagher lives with her husband and say it does not show her arriving home.
One police theory is that Ms Meagher may have been abducted or had some kind of struggle after the phone call with her brother.
"We haven't been able to rule that out at all and in fact we're looking more and more at that as a possibility,'' Det-Insp Potter said.
Ms Meagher was carrying an ABC bag and her handbag.
The bag was found in a nearby laneway on Monday morning and police believe it may have been planted there.
The development comes after police twice searched Ms Meagher's home yesterday.
Officers spent several hours searching the Brunswick apartment she shares with her husband Thomas.
Det Insp Potter described yesterday afternoon's search of the home as routine.
Mr Meagher, who reported his wife missing on Saturday after she failed to return home after a night out, consented to police searching their home on Tuesday and Saturday.
"(Jill's) husband has been nothing more than co-operative so we can't read anything into that; this is something that we would normally do," Detective-Inspector Potter told Fairfax Radio yesterday.