Vic bikies arrested over missing SA man

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Hells Angels bikies are among seven people arrested as part of an investigation into the suspicious disappearance of South Australian man Kerry Giakoumis in Victoria.

The six men and a woman, aged between 21 and 46, were arrested on Thursday morning and are being interviewed by police.

Homes in Diggers Rest, Keilor Downs, Laverton, Mernda, St Albans and West Melbourne, were raided in conjunction with the arrests.

Detective Superintendent Paul O'Halloran confirmed the arrests involved patched members of the Hells Angels and their friends.

"We believe these people know exactly what's occurred and we're seeking their cooperation," he told reporters on Thursday, adding charges were yet to be laid.

It comes after a Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle clubhouse in Thomastown was raided on Monday in connection to the case.

No one was arrested but several items, including weight benches, were seized and are being forensically examined.

Police have done extensive searches in the Jacksons Creek area in Diggers Rest over the past four weeks in an effort to find Mr Giakoumis' remains.

His family was notified by police of the arrests but are still "trying to come to terms" with what happened almost 15 months ago, Det Sup O'Halloran said.

The 29-year-old was last seen at the Thomastown clubhouse in the early hours of June 10, 2020.

He had travelled from Adelaide to Melbourne five days earlier with two associates, who police believe are members of the Hells Angels.

Mr Giakoumis was not a patched member and had told his family he intended to work in Melbourne as a concreter.

He talked to his family while he was in Melbourne and his mother had booked a June 10 flight for him to return home, but he never boarded and his family has not heard from him since.

It is believed Mr Giakoumis was involved in a dispute with patched Hells Angels members at the clubhouse on the night he was last seen.

"For one reason or another they've taken offence to that and, sadly, we believe Kerry has been killed as a result," Det Sup O'Halloran said.

"We have always believed Kerry met with foul play and the information we have received, particularly over the last few months, has confirmed that."

He urged anyone with information to come forward, saying there were likely people who know what happened to Mr Giakoumis that believe it "went too far".

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