Several arrested over bikie associate’s suspicious disappearance released without charge

Several people arrested over the suspicious disappearance of a bikie gang associate, suspected to have been murdered, have been released without charge.

Adelaide man Kerry Giakoumis, 29, was last seen at the Hells Angels’ outlaw motorcycle gang clubhouse on Lipton Drive at Thomastown in the early hours of June 10 last year, having flown into Melbourne days earlier with men who police believe are members of the club.

Missing Adelaide man Kerry Giakoumis. Credit:Victoria Police

Mr Giakoumis had told his family he was coming to the city to work as a concreter and, after he did not board a flight back to South Australia his mother booked him on June 10, his family reported him missing.

Police suspect some kind of dispute took place between Mr Giakoumis and patched Hells Angels members on the night he was last seen. For weeks, they scoured Jacksons Creek at Diggers Rest for his body without success.

“Sadly, we believe Kerry has been killed as a result of that [dispute],” Detective Superintendent Paul O’Halloran said earlier this week.

“We will be unrelenting in our determination to bring the people responsible for Kerry’s death to the courts.”

Mr Giakoumis’ body is still yet to be found. Police do not believe he was a patched member of the Hells Angels.

Police searching Jacksons Creek at Diggers Rest for the body of Adelaide man Kerry Giakoumis.

Officers conducted a warrant at the Hells Angels’ clubhouse earlier this week and did not make any arrests, although they did seize items including weight benches, which were being forensically examined.

Later, on Thursday, they arrested seven people in Melbourne as part of their investigation into his suspicious disappearance.

Police now say they interviewed all seven people and while one – a 22-year-old St Albans man – was charged with possessing a drug of dependence, none were charged in connection with Mr Giakoumis’ disappearance.

Police said their release was “pending further inquiries”.

“The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information about Kerry’s disappearance is urged to contact Crime Stoppers,” a Victoria Police spokesman said.

The man charged with drug possession was bailed to appear at Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on March 4, 2022.

Anyone with information about Kerry Giakoumis’ 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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