Arrest made in human remains homicide case

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

An arrest has been made in the murder investigation of a person found buried in a shallow grave in the central North Island.

Following the discovery of the remains near Tongariro in March, police launched a homicide investigation called Operation Quattro.

Yesterday afternoon a 29-year-old man was arrested by Waitemata Police.

He has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder and appeared in the Waitakere District Court this morning.

Formal identification of the deceased is ongoing, however police believe the murder victim is Bao Chang Wang, also known as Ricky Wang, whose whereabouts had been unaccounted for since 2017.

Detective Inspector John Sutton says the arrest is a result of the hard work and dedication by the investigation team over an extended period of time.

“The homicide investigation is ongoing and Police enquiries are continuing.

“Further arrests are expected to be made over the course of our investigation.”

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

Information can also be provided anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Mandarin speaking police officers are also available to speak with.

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