Landfill search for missing Melbourne woman

Kelly Zhang has not been seen since February 1.

Kelly Zhang has not been seen since February 1. Photo: AAP

Police will search a rubbish tip as part of their investigation into the suspicious disappearance of a Melbourne mother.

Kelly ‘Ju’ Zhang, 33, was last seen leaving her Epping home on February 1, wearing a pink nightgown and possibly slippers.

Her boyfriend, Joon Seong Tan, 35, was charged with her murder on February 11, a day after he was arrested at Melbourne Airport.

On Tuesday, Victoria Police will begin a four-day search of landfill at Wollert Waste Management Centre, in Melbourne’s north, to try to find Ms Zhang’s body.

Several searches have already been conducted for the mother-of-one, including in bushland in Heidelberg West and Alphington.

Missing persons squad Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said police wanted to provide Ms Zhang’s family in China with some answers.

“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,” he said on Tuesday.

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

He urged anyone with information about Ms Zhang’s appearance to come forward.

Mr Tan will face court again on July 16.

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