Human remains found at dump as missing mum’s boyfriend charged with murder
Police say they have found human remains at a dump following a months-long search for a missing mum.
Kelly 'Ju' Zhang was last seen at her Winchester Avenue home in Epping, Melbourne, Australia, at about 5.30pm on February 1 before she disappeared.
But the grim discovery of what police believe to be her remains was made around 2pm on Friday, June 18, at the Wollert landfill.
Authorities have said that the remains are yet to be formally identified.
The location has now become a crime scene and is currently being examined by detectives, Crime Command assistant commissioner Bob Hill said.
He said: "Our members have worked under very difficult and trying conditions to ensure that every avenue of inquiry has been exhausted so we could provide answers to Ju’s family and friends.
"We know this has been an incredibly difficult and traumatic time for them. We hope that this will bring the closure they need and Ju can finally be laid to rest."
Crews in protective bodysuits were spotted trawling through mounds of rubbish at the landfill site, before Friday's grim discovery.
The coroner has been notified of the discovery and a post mortem will be performed, police have said.
Zhang's boyfriend, Joon Seong Tan, 35, was charged with her murder on February 10 this year after he was arrested at Melbourne Airport.
Following his arrest, Tan told detectives Ms Zhang left her eight-year-old son at home when she went for a walk with no shoes on.
At the time Ms Zhang went missing, she was believed to be wearing a pink nightgown and possibly pink slippers.
Investigators had said Ms Zhang's disappearance was "extremely out of character".
Just hours before she disappeared, Ms Zhang made a post on social media that included a video of her cooking with her eight-year-old son.
On February 12, Tan, 35, appeared in court, where it was revealed detectives were trawling through 3,500 hours of CCTV footage in relation to the case.
He now remains in custody and is expected to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 16.
"The investigation into the matter remains ongoing," a Victoria Police spokesperson said.
Police are still encouraging anyone with information that may help the investigation to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.
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