Twist in case of young mum feared dead after vanishing in pyjamas as cops hunt for Land Cruiser

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Twist in case of young mum feared dead after vanishing in pyjamas as cops hunt for Land Cruiser

Twist in case of young mum feared dead after vanishing barefoot and in her pyjamas as cops hunt for a white Land Cruiser and black Maz

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Twist in case of young mum feared dead after vanishing barefoot and in her pyjamas as cops hunt for a white Land Cruiser and black Mazda

  • Search underway for missing woman last seen in pink pyjamas and barefoot
  • Mother Zu Zhang, 33, was last seen on Monday at her home in Epping, Victoria 
  • Zhang only had her mobile phone when she was reported missing to police   
  • Authorities are appealing for CCTV footage of a white Toyota Land Cruiser 
  • Zhang’s disappearance was described by police as ‘extremely out of character’ 

Ju Zhang, 33, (pictured) was last seen barefoot wearing a pink pajamas

Ju Zhang, 33, (pictured) was last seen barefoot wearing a pink pajamas

The mystery of a young barefooted mum who vanished wearing pink pajamas has deepened, as police hunt for two cars that could be linked to her ‘uncharacteristic’ disappearance.

Ju ‘Kelly’ Zhang, 33, was last seen at her Winchester Avenue home in Epping, in Melbourne’s north, about 5.30pm on February 1.

The mother-of-one was shoe-less and carried no personal belongings, aside from her phone which was reported missing to authorities a day later. 

Following the arrest and subsequent release of her 35-year-old boyfriend Joon ‘Sam’ Tan on Sunday, police have urged neighbours to check their CCTV footage from the afternoon she disappeared.

They are specifically looking for footage of a white Toyota Land Cruiser and a black 2008 Mazda CX9 station wagon, with registration WKE 850.  

Both vehicles are believed to have travelled near Ms Zhang’s home sometime between 4pm last Monday and 8am last Tuesday.

Ms Zhang (pictured) was only carrying her mobile phone when she was reported missing on Tuesday February 2

Ms Zhang (pictured) was only carrying her mobile phone when she was reported missing on Tuesday February 2

Police are looking for a black 2008 Mazda CX9 station wagon with the registration WKE 850

Police are looking for a black 2008 Mazda CX9 station wagon with the registration WKE 850

Investigators said Ms Zhang’s disappearance is ‘extremely out of character’ and has concerns for her welfare.

Detectives previously said Mr Tan may have been avoiding contact with police before he was arrested on Sunday.

He told police he was with Ms Zhang and her son on Monday afternoon, and claimed she went for a walk and didn’t come back – which police previously said was highly unlikely.

‘We say that is a very unlikely scenario bearing in mind that her eight-year-old son was in the house with Sam at that stage,’ Inspector Andrew Stamper said, according to the Herald Sun.

Her boyfriend Joon Tan(pictured) was arrested on Sunday, before he was released with no charge

Her boyfriend Joon Tan(pictured) was arrested on Sunday, before he was released with no charge

Ms Zhang (pictured) had no possessions with her when she went missing, aside from her mobile phone

Ms Zhang (pictured) had no possessions with her when she went missing, aside from her mobile phone

‘The information we have is that she would not have left her son by ­himself with someone who is not a family member.’

A friend of Ms Zhang said her mother, who lives in China, is distraught and fears for the her daughter’s life.

‘Her mother is very upset and very sad. She has prepared for her daughter to be gone,’ the source told the newspaper.

Just hours before she disappeared, Ms Zhang made a post on social media that had a video of her cooking with her eight-year-old son.

Ju 'Kelly' Zhang (pictured), 33, was last seen barefoot and wearing pink pajamas at home

Ju ‘Kelly’ Zhang (pictured), 33, was last seen barefoot and wearing pink pajamas at home

The caption read: ‘The chicken soup stewed for 5 hours for dinner today.’

Mr Stamper the woman was a ‘loving mother’ to her son and that her disappearance was out of character.

Worried friends raised the alarm with police and are helping police with their inquiries.

It is not known whether Ms Zhang feared for her own safety.

Her son is being looked after by his father, Ms Zhang’s ex husband.

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