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Crime scene established 47km outside Orange as police search for remains of 24-year-old

The scene at Killongbutta. NSW Police Force.

By staff writer

Drug and Firearms Squad detectives have commenced a coordinated search of a rural property in the state’s Central West, after charging three men over their alleged roles in the suspected murder of a Malaysian National in December 2020.

In June 2021 detectives attached to the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Heighway to investigate a criminal syndicate involved in the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs.

Their inquiries uncovered the disappearance and suspected murder of a 24-year-old Malaysian National, "Jacky" Chong Kai Wong.

As part of ongoing investigations, strike force detectives executed a search warrant at an address in Berala just after 7am last Friday (March 25, 2022), seizing cash, electronic devices and documentation.

A 33-year-old man was arrested and taken to Auburn Police Station, where he was charged with murder, conceal serious indictable offence (more than 20 years maximum) of other, knowingly direct activities of criminal group, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime intent to conceal, dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, and cultivate prohibited plant (commercial quantity).

He appeared at Parramatta Bail Court Saturday March 26, 2022, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at Bathurst Local Court on Monday May 23, 2022.

Following further inquiries, police executed two search warrants at Sydney homes at Marsfield and Auburn, and a crime scene warrant at a rural property in Killongbutta – about 47km north-east of Orange – from 6am yesterday (March 29, 2022).

Investigators have been assisted throughout the operation by officers attached to North and South-West Metropolitan Region Operations Support Groups, Public Order Riot Squad (PORS), Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command (FETS), the Dog Squad, Police Divers, and specialist resources from the Australian Federal Police Imaging and Geomatics Team.

A crime scene remains in place at the Killongbutta property, as detectives continue to examine the site over the coming days.

All items seized throughout the investigation will undergo further forensic examination.

During yesterday’s operation, two men – aged 22 and 28 – were arrested and taken to Ryde Police Station.

The 22-year-old Auburn man has been charged with murder, knowingly direct activities of criminal group, cultivate prohibited plant - commercial quantity, cultivate cannabis - indictable quantity, and supply prohibited drug.

A 28-year-old Marsfield man has been charged with conceal serious indictable offence (more than 20 years maximum) of other, participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, cultivate prohibited plant - commercial quantity, cultivate cannabis - indictable quantity, supply prohibited drug, and possess prohibited drug.

Police will allege in court all three men were involved in the murder of Malaysian national, "Jacky" Chong Kai Wong, in Killongbutta between Friday December 25, 2020 and Friday January 8, 2021.

The pair were refused bail to appear at Hornsby Local Court today (Wednesday March 30, 2022).

Drug and Firearms Squad commander, detective superintendent John Watson, said police believe Jacky was involved with an organised criminal syndicate.

“We know Jacky was working for a criminal enterprise involved in the cultivation of cannabis in regional NSW around the time of his alleged murder,” Watson said.

“The circumstances of his death are particularly gruesome, and officers remain at the Killongbutta property today in search of his body and to locate any further forensic evidence."

Last Thursday the Missing Persons Registry appealed for public assistance to help locate Jacky Chong Kai Wong.

"Family believe Jacky may have been working in regional NSW before he went missing," a press release stated. "He has not been seen or heard from since and was later reported missing to international authorities."


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