Young woman whose dead body was found decomposing in a storage box in Brisbane, QLD

Young woman whose ‘dead body was found decomposing in an esky-sized box’ in Brisbane could be there for NINE MONTHS – if mother identifies her belongings via Zoom and male roommate is extradited

  • Qiong Yan, 30, was reported missing in April by her mother who lives abroad
  • Police went to question her roommate Yang Zhao and found a decomposing body
  • The body has yet to be formally identified, but her mother recognized jewelry

Pictured: Qiong Yan, 30, missing since April

The body of a woman found decomposing in an ‘esky-sized’ metal box on the balcony of a Brisbane apartment building may have been there for nine months – while her former roommate is charged with murder.

Qiong Yan, 30, was reported missing in April by her mother, who lives abroad, after she was unable to contact her daughter.

When police went to question her roommate Yang Zhao at the Newport Hamilton apartment complex on Parkside Circuit at about 4 p.m. Monday, police found the human remains.

He will now be extradited to Queensland, where he is expected to be charged with her murder.

The body has yet to be officially identified, but Ms. Yan’s distraught mother recognized jewelry hidden near the body when she viewed it online from her hometown abroad.

Pictured: Police escort Yang Zhao away in Sydney after his roommate's body was found in their apartment

Pictured: Police escort Yang Zhao away in Sydney after his roommate’s body was found in their apartment

It was in an ‘advanced state of decomposition’ wrapped in cloth.

Detective Inspector Tim Trezise said it had been there for weeks, or possibly months, with only her foot visible under a sheet.

“The body is completely wrapped in cloth, one foot is visible, I understand,” he said.

In the meantime, police have released a photo of Ms. Yan in hopes that the public can help summarize the final phase of her life.

Queensland requests the extradition of Zhao (pictured), 26, who lives in Sydney Sydney

Queensland requests the extradition of Zhao (pictured), 26, who lives in Sydney Sydney

Queensland is requesting the extradition of Zhao, 26, who lives in Sydney but is reportedly still renting the unit where the body was.

His case was called in the local Sutherland court on Tuesday as officials wait for Queensland detectives to come off the highway.

The case is expected to come before the same court on Wednesday.

When he returns to Queensland, he will be quarantined for two weeks due to NSW’s Covid outbreak.

An arrest warrant was issued Monday for Zhao’s arrest.

Officers have said she has been seen at Hamilton’s apartment before, but there was no romantic relationship between her and the man they plan to charge with murdering her.

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