Man in court charged with Vic mum's murder

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The boyfriend of missing Melbourne mother Ju "Kelly" Zhang has appeared in court charged with her murder.

Prosecutors say more than 3000 hours of CCTV need analysing as part of the investigation into the 33-year-old's disappearance.

Her boyfriend, 35-year-old Joon Seong Tan, is charged with murdering Ms Zhang on February 1, the day she was last seen.

Tan appeared in a virtual sitting of Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, along with a Mandarin interpreter.

The accused killer was arrested for a second time at Melbourne Airport on Wednesday night.

He was initially taken into custody six days after Ms Zhang's disappearance, but released without charge pending further police inquiries.

Ms Zhang, the mother of an eight-year-old boy, was last seen at her Epping home, police previously said.

She was thought to be wearing a pink nightgown and possibly pink slippers.

Police searched Darebin Creek parklands at Ivanhoe West on Thursday as part of the investigation.

Prosecutor Michael Roper on Friday told the court the brief of evidence against Tan would be served later than usual because 3500 hours of CCTV needed analysing.

Text messages also needed to be interpreted from Mandarin to English.

Lawyer Greg Hughan said it was Tan's first time in custody and he had limited English.

He was remanded to reappear in court for a committal mention on July 16.