Man found dead in wheelie bin 17 years after going missing

The body of a man who went missing more than 17 years ago has been found in a bin at a business in Melbourne.

Workers made the grim discovery at a storage facility in Oakleigh South on 13 July.

In a statement released today, Victoria Police confirmed that the remains were those of missing man John Christianos.


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Mr Christianos was 40-years-old when he disappeared from his home at a facility in Bentleigh East in 2001.

Born in South Australia, police said John had become estranged from his family, who he hadn’t had contact with for some time leading up to his disappearance.

At an inquest in 2011, the coroner made the finding that John was likely to have died on or after 11 June, 2001.

However the cause of death, location of death and circumstances of death were unable to be determined.

Detectives are treating John’s death as suspicious and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“Even though it has been over 17 years since he was last seen, we believe that it is likely there are still people out there who know what happened to John,” Officer in charge of the Missing Persons Squad, Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said.

“As we always say, circumstances and relationships change and this might feel like the right time for those people to come forward with information.

“Clearly something significant has happened after John left his home for his body to be dumped in a bin and locked up for so many years.

“It’s our job now to try and find out what that was and I’d urge anyone with any piece of information at all, to come forward.”

John was employed as a graphic artist at the time of his disappearance and had a history of contact with police across various states for a range of matters including drug use and assaults.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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