Wollert landfill searched as part of missing woman investigation

Missing Persons Squad detectives will begin searching the Wollert Waste Management Centre today as part of their ongoing investigation into the suspicious disappearance of 33-year-old Kelly ‘Ju’ Zhang.

Police are expected to search through landfill at the Bridge Inn Road site over the next four days.

Ju was last seen at her home on Winchester Avenue in Epping about 5.30pm on Monday, 1 February.

“We’re hopeful that the search this week will move us closer to ultimately being able to find Ju and give her family even a small amount of comfort that she’s been located,” Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper.

“This has been an incredibly difficult few months for them, however our investigators are as tenacious and committed as ever.

A 35-year-old Doncaster man has been charged with one count of murder in relation to this case, but the investigation is ongoing.

“While we do have someone before the court, it is important that we continue to follow up all avenues in terms of Ju’s current location,” Mr Stamper said.

“If there is anyone out there with information about Ju’s disappearance who is yet to speak to police, then I am again appealing for them to come forward and make contact with investigators.”

A number of searches were conducted earlier this year in bushland in the Heidelberg West and Alphington areas.

At the time Ms Zhang was last seen, she was believed to be wearing a pink nightgown and possibly pink slippers.

Anyone with information about Ju’s disappearance is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential online report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au