Police return to Darebin Creek in search for missing mother Ju Zhang

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Police have returned to bushland in Melbourne’s north-east to search for missing Epping mother Ju Zhang.

Ms Zhang, also known as Kelly, was last seen at her home on Winchester Avenue in Epping about 5.30pm on February 1.

Ju Zhang was last seen on February 1 at her Epping home. Credit:Victoria Police

Her boyfriend Joon Seong Tan, 35, of Doncaster, faced court via video link from custody on February 12 after he was charged with her murder. Ms Zhang’s body has not been found.

On Monday, a police spokeswoman said missing persons squad detectives will return to Heidelberg West and will be search an area of bushland and part of the Darebin Creek west of Sheehan Road.

The search and rescue squad, dog squad and public order response team will also help with the search.

Victoria Police are also pleading for a person who anonymously called Crime Stoppers to report on the location of Ms Zhang’s body to make contact again.

Officers from the missing persons unit search Darebin Creek Reserve on February 11.Credit:Justin McManus

“Investigators are continuing to urge that person to call back and provide further information or to make contact with detectives,” a spokeswoman said.

At the time the 33-year-old went missing, police believe she was wearing a pink nightgown and possibly pink slippers.

Mr Tan did not apply for bail and will next face court on July 16.

Officers spent hours searching waterways and parkland at Darebin Creek Reserve in Melbourne’s north-east for clues in mid-February.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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

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