Disturbing new twist in search for missing Melbourne mum

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Police will search a rubbish tip as part of their investigation into the suspicious disappearance of a Melbourne mother.

Kelly 'Ju' Zhang, 33, was last seen leaving her Epping home, in the city's north, on February 1, wearing a pink nightgown and possibly slippers.

Her 35-year-old boyfriend, Joon Seong Tan, was charged with her murder on February 11, a day after he was arrested at Melbourne Airport.

Kelly 'Ju' Zhang is pictured. The Melbourne mum has been missing since February.
Missing Melbourne mother Kelly 'Ju' Zhang. Source: Victoria Police via AAP

Police on Tuesday will begin a four-day search of landfill at Wollert Waste Management Centre in an effort to find Ms Zhang's body.

A number of searches were conducted for the mother of one earlier this year, including in bushland in Heidelberg West and Alphington, both also in Melbourne's north.

Missing Persons Squad Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said police wanted to provide Ms Zhang's China-based family with some answers.

Police officers searching for Kelly 'Ju' Zhang in waters in Heidelberg West on February 22, 2021.
Police officers wade through water in Heidelberg West as they search for Ms Zhang back in February. Source: AAP/Luis Ascui

"We're hopeful that the search this week will move us closer to ultimately being able to find Ju and give her family even a small amount of comfort that she's been located," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

"This has been an incredibly difficult few months for them, however, our investigators are as tenacious and committed as ever."

He urged anyone with information about Ms Zhang's appearance to come forward.

Tan is due to face court again on July 16.

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