A man faces court on charges of murdering a woman found in a sheet in a box

Man who allegedly killed woman and left her body to decompose in an ‘esky-size box’ is charged with murder

  • A man must appear in court after being charged with the murder of Qiong Yan
  • Ms. Yan’s body was identified after her mother saw her jewelry on the corpse
  • Ms. Yan was reported missing on April 12 and the body was found on Monday
  • The victim’s body was found in a sheet wrapped in a sealed box at a unit

A man extradited by NSW after a woman’s body was found in a box on the balcony of a Brisbane apartment is set to appear in court after being charged with murder.

Yang Zhao, 26, was transported to Queensland by two officers on Friday before appearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court, police said in a statement.

After an investigation into the death of 30-year-old Chinese citizen Qiong Yan, who went missing more than three months ago, he is charged with murder and one charge of interference with a corpse.

Qiong Yan (pictured) went missing more than three months ago and was found in a sheet in a sealed box in Brisbane’s apartment

Queensland Police have confirmed that Ms Yan’s mother has identified jewelry found with the body, which was wrapped in a sheet inside the sealed box at the Hamilton unit.

A formal forensic identification could take up to weeks, due to the body’s advanced state of decomposition, police said earlier this week.

Interpol has been asked for help in obtaining a DNA profile of Ms. Yan’s family.

Ms. Yan was reported missing on April 12 and the body was found on Monday.

Zhao was arrested the same day at his home in Sydney.

Yang Zhao, 26, (pictured with police) was transported from Sydney to Queensland by two officers on Friday before appearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Yang Zhao, 26, (pictured with police) was transported from Sydney to Queensland by two officers on Friday before appearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

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