Family may lose home in body search

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Family may lose home in body search

April 29, 2012

THE Merrylands house at the centre of a dig for bones will be demolished if remains found prove to be human.

The owners have been warned the two bones, unearthed a fortnight ago, could belong to missing underworld figure Cengiz Sarac.

Police believe Sarac was buried under the house by its former owner Atef Kanj, who is now a suspect in his disappearance, while it was under construction in 2005.

The house was sold to its unsuspecting owners in 2007 and Mr Kanj left the country soon after -- he is now believed to live in Lebanon.

The Sunday Telegraph has confirmed detectives are considering returning for a full-scale archaeological dig, which would need the Excelsior St premises to be demolished.

They are waiting on forensic results, which will determine if more digging is needed.

A series of breakthroughs in the case led police to believe the Merrylands house is the resting place for Sarac, who disappeared from Auburn in 2005.

On Monday, police from Strike Force Salacia swooped on the Central Coast home of Farhad Qaumi, 29, who became the first person to be charged with Sarac's murder.

He did not apply for bail at Wyong Local Court and will appear again on June 13.

The Sarac case also took a twist when detectives went to Queensland to follow up leads, resulting in another breakthrough.

They returned to Sydney with vital information and last week, using that information, searched a housing commission property, not far from where they believe Sarac was buried.

The 25-year-old was last seen getting into a car outside his family's home. He was reported missing four days later by family members.

Ground-penetrating radar was used at the Excelsior St property on April 10. It detected "abnormalities" in the soil.

The home's occupants -- who police say have nothing to do with his death -- were moved into a nearby motel while the dig, which found two small bones, proceeded.

It is believed Sarac died at the height of the gang violence and turf wars that gripped Auburn in 2005.

Sarac's case remained unsolved for so long that he became known in the area as "the ghost of Auburn".

Detectives are planning further trips interstate and hope to make more arrests.

Witnesses are still being interviewed by police.

 Telegraph



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