Police search rubbish dump for murder suspect's bag and phone

| 27.09,19. 10:35 PM |

Police search rubbish dump for murder suspect's bag and phone

Photo: Ms Chau's body had allegedly been concealed. (Facebook)

Photo: Police confirmed they had found several "items that are of interest". (SA Police)

Police investigating the alleged murder of Adelaide restaurant worker Kim Chau have searched a rubbish dump for evidence, looking for a bag and phone believed to belong to the suspect.

The body of Ms Chau, 39, was found at a Sturt Street home in Adelaide's CBD on Monday evening, with police alleging it had been deliberately concealed.

On Tuesday, 21-year-old suspect Numan Mohammed was arrested at what police described as a halfway house on Waymouth Street in the city.

He was charged with murder and later faced court, where the case was adjourned until December.

Detective Inspector Billy Thompson said police believed a bag possibly containing clothes, a phone and other evidence belonging to the suspect were dumped in a bin on Monday night.

He said police had combed through tonnes of shredded rubbish and household waste at a Lower Light waste facility north of Adelaide.

"As a result, we have found a number of items that are of interest to us and those items will now undergo further forensic examination," Inspector Thompson said.

"This was a challenging search.

"The rubbish had been shredded so there were no guarantees that we would locate the evidence we

Police have not said what items were located, but said the waste containing them had initially been taken to the Wingfield dump in Adelaide's north.

About 40 tonnes were then transferred to Lower Light to allow a detailed search to be conducted.

Police were assisted by facility workers along with the State Emergency Service.

The historic home where Ms Chau's body was found is owned by two public servants, but police have said they were not involved in the death in any way.

Ms Chau was reported missing by friends after she did not turn up for work, and also did not attend a social function, police said.

Earlier this week, friend Sandy Pitcher described her as "an amazing restaurateur and cook and chef" who would be deeply missed.

Police believe Ms Chau was murdered sometime around Friday last week.

Police have asked anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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