Victoria Police has expressed grave concerns over missing woman, Juan Zhang, who disappeared from IT retailer, Computers and Parts Land (CPL), last week.
According to an official statement, the 35-year-old woman from Blackburn was last seen at 6.50pm on May 18 leaving the retailer's Dudley Street, West Melbourne branch. Zhang was carrying a significant amount of cash at the time. Zhang was a purchasing manager at the company's head office in Notting Hill.
A large amount of blood and hair was found at the rear of the premises. Zhang's 1997 Seat Cordoba, license plate number OGX 939, has also been missing since the incident.
The Age and Herald Sun have reported that a colleague received a text message from Zhang's mobile phone about 2.30pm on Friday. Police have since suggested her attackers could be responsible for the message.
Victorian homicide squad detectives, along with Zhang's fiance, Ken Chan, held a news conference in Melbourne yesterday to call for more information. Chan also made an emotional public plea to the kidnappers begging them to let her go.
During the conference, detective senior sergeant, Ron Iddles, said medical evidence suggested Zhang was dead.
He also criticised eight witnesses who had heard a loud scream and an argument about the time of her disappearance but did not contact police.
A spokesperson for Victoria Police refused to comment further on the investigations this morning.
Anyone with information who has not contacted police is being urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Victorian sales manager at Altech, Adrian Blong, was a close friend of Zhang. He described her as a funny person and said he was devastated by the news. CPL is one of the distributor's largest customers.
"I used to be in our Sydney office for two years as NSW sales manager. When I moved down here, she [Zhang] was one of the people who made it easier for me," he said. "We're terrified by this incident."
Managing director at Oakleigh reseller, Newcomputers, Lloyd Gao, was familiar with the CPL business. He said the incident was a warning for all retailers to implement more stringent staff security measures.
"As prices have been driven down to low margins, there's no room to safeguard staff or provide basic security requirements," he said. "It's a concern in this industry."