NSW Police have confirmed that a body found near a highway in Sydney’s upper north shore is that of missing 28-year-old woman Qi Yu.
Officials asserted the body was found dumped at a site around 1km south of the M1 Berowra exit earlier this morning, with a large police presence on the scene to investigate.
Yu was reported missing on June 8th after a phone call with her mother abruptly ended at around 7:15pm that evening. The following day, police discovered large amounts of blood in her Campsie property, as well as inside her Toyota Corolla car which was discovered in the nearby suburb of Burwood.
Police have charged 19-year-old Shuo Dong, who was sub-leasing a room in Yu’s house at the time, with her murder. Police allege that Yu was killed after an argument over money.
Dong appeared in court on June 13 on an initial committal hearing and remains in custody. It’s understood he is not cooperating with police inquiries into Yu’s disappearance and death. The day after she was reported missing, police questioned the 19-year-old before he was transported to hospital citing unknown health complaints.
Yu’s murder came a mere 5 days before that of Eurydice Dixon in Melbourne, with the two women’s untimely and shocking deaths prompting widespread candlelight vigils around the country, drawing crowds in the tens of thousands.
Qi Yu’s body was reportedly discovered in bushland near the highway, with police investigators subsequently establishing a major crime scene at the area.
The investigation continues.