Human remains found in search for missing woman, Kelly 'Ju' Zhang

Detectives have located what they believe to be human remains in their search for missing Melbourne woman, Kelly 'Ju' Zhang.

Human remains found in search for missing woman, Kelly 'Ju' Zhang

Detectives have located what they believe to be human remains in their search for missing Melbourne mum Kelly 'Ju' Zhang.

Police began a search for the 33-year-old at the Wollert landfill site on Bridge Inn Road on June 15.

After three days of scouring the location, officers found what they believe to be human remains and a crime scene was established just before 2pm today.

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Ms Zhang was last seen at her Winchester Avenue home in Epping about 5.30pm on February 1 before she disappeared.

The coroner has been notified of the discovery and a post mortem will be performed.

On Tuesday, Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said the search would involve three essential phases using mechanical and physical aspects, including machinery and about 20 police members rummaging through waste.

"We are going to undertake a highly complex search out here," Detective Inspector Stamper said.

"Clearly it's a very complex environment in terms of a risk point of view."

Police had narrowed the search to a "very specific" area through technology.

Detective Inspector Stamper said he remained "hopeful" the search would help police find Ms Zhang and give her family comfort.

"This is a massive undertaking on our part. All the planning involved getting us to this point where we are today," Detective Inspector Stamper said.

Ms Zhang's parents arrived in Australia several weeks ago from China with police staying in constant contact with them.

"Ju's parents arrived several weeks ago from China. They refused to believe that Ju has passed away. They are in a strange country, they don't speak English," Detective Inspector Stamper said.

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

The expanded search area comes after a number of searches for the woman took place in bushland in the Heidelberg West and Alphington areas earlier this year.

At the time Ms Zhang went missing, she was believed to be wearing a pink nightgown and possibly pink slippers.

Ms Zhang's partner, Joon Seong Tan, 35, has since been charged with her murder.

Mr Tan was arrested on February 10 after police found him at Melbourne Airport.

"While we do have someone before the court, it is important that we continue to follow up all avenues in terms of Ju's current location," Detective Inspector Stamper said.

"If there is anyone out there with information about Ju's disappearance who is yet to speak to police, then I am again appealing for them to come forward and make contact with investigators."

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Ben Roberts-Smith denies inventing stories in defamation trial

Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has denied lying and inventing stories as he fights allegations he committed war crimes in Afghanistan.

Ben Roberts-Smith denies inventing stories in defamation trial

Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has denied lying and inventing stories as he fights allegations he committed war crimes in Afghanistan.

The former special forces soldier showed the first signs of frustration today during day two of cross examination by the barrister acting for Nine newspapers, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, who are arguing a defence of truth.

In one of six alleged murders, Mr Roberts-Smith is accused of kicking Ali Jan off a cliff while the farmer was handcuffed at the end of a mission in Darwan in 2012.

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He was then allegedly dragged across a creek bed and shot to make it appear as though he was killed in combat.

Mr Roberts-Smith previously told the court there was only 10 minutes between the completion of their work on the ground and their extraction by helicopter, in which time that was alleged to have occurred.

Today it was put to him by Nicholas Owens SC that they were actually waiting for an hour and fifteen minutes.

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"I don't remember being there that long," Mr Roberts-Smith.

He has also told the court he received a radio call asking for the interpreter, so he sent him back with a soldier known as 'person 56' before clearing the last of the compounds.

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"You invented the story about receiving a radio call from Bravo … because you knew it was our case you had an interpreter with you in those last compounds?"

"No that's not true," Mr Roberts-Smith answered.

Mr Roberts-Smith said there was no cliff in the area. When presented with a photo he said that only showed a very steep incline.

"A cliff is a cliff and that is not a cliff to me," he said.

In a separate allegation in 2009, Mr Roberts-Smith is alleged to have carried an Afghan man with a prosthetic leg outside the Whisky 108 compound and shot him 10 to 15 times.

The former soldier said he shot an insurgent who had a weapon as he stepped outside the compound, while another soldier shot a second insurgent.

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Ben Roberts-Smith arrives at the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney for the start of his defamation trial.

Today he admitted he had made a "mistake" in his evidence which he thought it was "best to correct".

He said the other soldier had not moved the man he had shot, but rather the Afghan was left where he fell.

But he denied he did that because it would "pose a problem for the coherence" of his evidence.

The trial continues.

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