Foreigner ‘left corpse of woman in esky-sized box with one of her badly decomposed feet hanging’, police say as they expect to charge him with murder
- A body found in a storage box suspected of being a 30-year-old missing woman
- Police searched the Newport Hamilton apartment complex in Brisbane
- The body was found on the unit’s balcony at 4 p.m. Monday afternoon
- 26-year-old Yang Zhao is extradited to Qld on murder charge
A 26-year-old man living in Sydney is facing extradition from NSW to Queensland after a body was found in a box at his rented unit in Brisbane.
A foreigner living in Sydney faces extradition to Queensland after a heavily digested human body was found in a dumpster in an apartment in Brisbane’s inner city.
Detective Inspector Tim Trezise says officers found the body in a sheet in a sealed metal box on the balcony of the Hamilton unit Monday afternoon.
A woman’s body was found around 4 p.m. Monday on a balcony of the Newport Hamilton Apartments building in Brisbane’s northern suburb of Hamilton.
Forensic investigation by detectives will continue for several more days and weeks as we strengthen the case
He said the detectives who found the body were investigating the disappearance of a 30-year-old female stranger, who was reported missing to the NSW Police Department weeks ago.
Yang Zhao, 26, who lives in South Sydney but is reportedly still renting the Brisbane apartment, was formally denied bail when his case was called in the local Sutherland court on Tuesday.
The case will come up again on Wednesday, when he is extradited to Queensland, where he will be charged with the woman’s death.
“An arrest warrant has now been sworn in Queensland in respect of one murder charge related to the missing person,” said Det Insp Trezise.
“It is clear that the forensic and evidentiary investigation by the detectives will take several more days and weeks in order to strengthen the case.”
He said the body has not yet been identified because it is too decayed to determine gender or age.
Police launched a murder investigation after a body was found in advanced stages of decomposition
‘Exactly who that person is has yet to be determined; at the end of the day we have an autopsy,” he told reporters.
Det Insp Trezise said the missing woman was seen in Hamilton’s apartment about two months ago, along with the man.
The woman’s mother, who lives in another country, has reported her missing after not contacting her again.
The body found in a sealed metal box has not been formally identified due to its advanced decomposition
Det Insp Trezise said the woman and the man who owned the apartment were not in a romantic relationship.
After months of trying to find the man, Queensland detectives finally managed to call him on Monday afternoon.
He told them that he lived in Mascot in South Sydney and that he did not know where the woman was.
“Initially, he informed the police over the phone that he did not know the missing person’s whereabouts and had not seen her for several months,” he said.
“I believe he uttered words along the lines of, ‘I think she’s moved from one state to another.'”
Residents hadn’t seen the deceased in the Newport Hamilton apartment complex for more than two months
Queensland police tipped off NSW detectives, who went to the man’s mascot’s house, while heading to the Hamilton unit where they found the body.
Det Insp Trezise said the body was wrapped in cloth, with one foot exposed.
“So I don’t know, I can’t report if there are any signs of trauma or anything at this stage, the body was still inside, in the box, and the box was taken to the John Tonge Center at the scene. for the autopsy.’