Police appeal to the public in human remains case

The human remains were found buried in a shallow grave on Rangipo Intake Road near Tongariro. Photo: NZ Police.

Waitemata Police are appealing to the public as the homicide investigation continues into the death of a person found buried on Rangipo Intake Road near Tongariro last week.

Police are now appealing for information regarding Bao Chang Wang, known as Ricky Wang, whose movements are unknown since 2017 says Waitemata Police Detective Inspector John Sutton.

Bao Chang is a Chinese national and New Zealand permanent resident.

“His family believed he had travelled overseas in 2017 and he was not reported as missing in New Zealand.

“As part of our enquiries, Police have been making contact with his family both in New Zealand and China in an attempt to confirm any possible movements and check that he never left New Zealand under a different identity.

“The investigation team has also set up a dedicated phone number for information relating to this case and the whereabouts of Bao Chang Wang (Ricky Wang).”

Anyone with information is asked to call 0508 RANGIPO (0508 726 447).

Police will have Mandarin-speaking officers available to talk to members of the public wishing to speak with someone in Mandarin.

Information can also be made anonymous by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 – referencing “Ricky Wang”.

“Earlier this week Police linked the homicide to a West Auckland property on McWhirters Farm Lane in Massey, which was the subject of a comprehensive scene examination.

“As the formal identification process for the human remains is still ongoing, Police are not in a position to confirm the identity of the deceased.”

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