Melbourne mother Ju Zhang’s remains were found in a Melbourne suburban landfill on the fourth day for the search for her body. She was last seen at her home at Epping on February 1st, 2021, and her boyfriend Joon Seong Tan has been arrested and charged with her murder. Zhang has an 8 year old son and her parents have recently arrived from China and have completed the mandatory 2 week quarantine in Sydney and is now in Melbourne.
Here is more from The Age on what has transpired since Zhang’s remains were found:
A police spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday that the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine had examined the remains and a coroner had determined they had been formally identified as the 33-year-old woman.
“The Victoria Police missing persons squad would again like to acknowledge the support and assistance of numerous members of the community in this investigation and offer our condolences to the family,” she said.
“As the matter is before the courts, there will be no further statements.”
Tan’s next court date is on July 16 and he didn’t apply for bail. What is most sad about this case is that it is clearly a case of domestic violence and Zhang’s murder by her boyfriend was the final straw. Tan murdering Zhang didn’t just happen overnight, and with further investigation, prolonged domestic violence abuse will be found. Zhang’s young son will now be left with no mother. Violence against women is a major issue and the discussions within our Asian/Asian Australian community need to continue.
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