Human remains have been found at a Melbourne tip where police have been searching for the remains of missing mother Ju Zhang.
Officers on Tuesday began searching the landfill site in Wollert as part of their investigation into the suspicious disappearance of Ms Zhang, also known as Kelly, who was last seen at her home on Winchester Avenue in Epping on the evening of February 1.
Missing Epping woman Ju Zhang was last seen on February 1.
A crime scene has been established and the scene is currently being examined by investigators. The coroner has also been advised and a post-mortem examination will take place
“I commend the Missing Persons Squad, Crime Command and other members of Victoria Police for their tireless efforts during this investigation,” Crime Command Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill said.
“Our members have worked under very difficult and trying conditions to ensure that every avenue of enquiry 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.”
Ms Zhang’s parents arrived in Australia from China several weeks ago. They completed two weeks in hotel quarantine in Sydney and are now staying in Melbourne.
The head of the missing persons squad Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said on Tuesday the family were distraught and were still hopeful their daughter was alive.
Police search a landfill site in Wollert on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Ju Zhang. Credit:Nine News
“I couldn’t imagine [how hard it would be]. I’ve met both her parents, they’re just ordinary people in an extraordinary situation and my heart goes out to them.”
Ms Zhang had an eight-year-old son.
Detective Inspector Stamper would not give details on the information police had received that pointed to the site, except to say there had been a “very prolonged investigation, which has led us here today”.
The site operator, the Environment Protection Authority and the local council have been in talks with police for several weeks organising the search.
With the assistance of the operators, police were able to narrow down their area of interest at the site.
Police believe the 33-year-old was wearing a pink nightgown and possibly pink slippers when she went missing. Most of her family are in China.
In late February, dozens of police scoured waterways and thick bushland in Heidelberg West and Ivanhoe.
It came after a call was made anonymously to Crime Stoppers that contained information of interest to detectives.
The search in Wollert could take days. Credit:Nine News
Mr Tan faced court on February 12, when police told a magistrate they were analysing 3500 hours of CCTV and translating text messages from Mandarin to English as part of the investigation.
He did not apply for bail and will next face court on July 16.
The investigation is ongoing.
Police wade through chest-deep water earlier this year in the search for Ms Zhang.Credit:Justin McManus
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