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The remains of a Malaysian national have been found on a rural property in central west NSW, five days after three men were arrested over his ‘particularly gruesome’ death.
The 24-year-old, who moved to Sydney in 2016, last spoke to his family overseas on December 28, 2020.
Police believe he was murdered more than a year ago after becoming involved with a drug cartel.
A search for his remains at a rural property at Killongbutta, about 40 kilometres north-west of Bathurst was launched by strike force detectives and other specialist resources last Tuesday.
Human remains believed to be of Mr Wong were found on the property on Sunday afternoon.
‘Jacky’ Chong Kai Wong (pictured) is believed to have been murdered in December 2020
Officers found human remains at a remote property in Killongbutta, about 40 kilometres north-west of Bathurst in central west NSW on Sunday afternoon
‘The remains will be subject to forensic examination and further analysis, including DNA testing,’ police statement said.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
Mr Wong was in Australia on a holiday visa, but was in reality working as a ‘crop sitter’ for a south-east Asian crime group growing commercial amounts of marijuana, police said.
‘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,’ Drug and Firearms Squad Commander Detective Superintendent John Watson said last week.
‘The circumstances of his death are particularly gruesome.’
Police say Mr Wong was looking after up to 1,000 plants at the site.
Police raided properties across Sydney last week and arrested three men who were allegedly involved in the murder.
A 33-year-old man was arrested last week at a Berala home in Sydney’s south-west, where officers seized cash, electronic devices and documentation.
The man was charged with murder, concealing a serious indictable offence, knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group, deception, cultivating a prohibited plant and other offences.
He was appeared in Parramatta Bail Court where he was refused bail to face Bathurst Local Court on May 23.
There were two further arrests across Sydney- a 22-year-old man from Auburn and a 28-year-old from Marsden.
A 33-year-old man was arrested last week at a property in Berala in Sydney’s west, where officers seized cash, electronic devices and documentation
A remote property where drugs were allegedly being cultivated in Killongbutta, about 40 kilometres north-west of Bathurst in western NSW
The 22-year-old was charged with murder, cultivating and supplying a prohibited drug and other offences.
The 28-year-old man was charged with concealing a serious indictable offence, participating in a criminal group, cultivating and supplying a prohibited drug and other offences.
Both were refused bail to appear at Hornsby Local Court at a later date.
Police will allege in court all three men were involved in the murder of Mr Wong between December 25, 2020, and January 8, 2021.
Part of a property where drugs were allegedly being cultivated in Killongbutta, about 40 kilometres north-west of Bathurst in western NSW
‘These criminal groups are known for targeting young individuals with the promise of easy money, which often leads to them working in illegal grow houses on remote properties,’ Det Supt Watson said.
‘This is a sad reminder of the reality of these operations.
‘They are run by dangerous criminals who care only about a quick profit and have no dignity or regard for human life.’