Detectives have released the last known sighting of a man at Town Hall in Sydney’s CBD after his body was found about 80 kilometres away in bushland less than a week later.
Family members last saw 28-year-old Hongli Qi on May 11 before local council workers alerted police to a decomposing body in Blaxlands Ridge near Richmond. The body was taken for forensic examination and identified as the missing man.
CCTV released by police on Tuesday shows Qi’s last known movements, walking out of an apartment complex on Macquarie Street about 6pm on May 11. The footage shows Qi walking down the street wearing a black hoodie, cap and side bag.
Detectives have released the footage in hopes it may assist the investigation into Qi’s death.
NSW Police homicide squad commander Danny Doherty said investigators are closely examining all of Qi’s movements and interactions in the days leading up to his disappearance.
“Detectives want to talk to anyone who may have spoken to or seen Hongli in the days and weeks before he was last seen,” he said.
“His disappearance was completely out of character. His body was found some 80km from where he was last seen; we have a strong belief that Hongli has been the victim of foul play.
“Anyone who may have information which could assist detectives is urged to contact us, so we can provide some answers and closure for Hongli’s family.”
Police will provide an update on the investigation at 9am on Tuesday.
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