Police hold ‘significant concerns’ for loving Epping mother missing since Monday

Investigators believe the partner of a missing Epping mother is intentionally avoiding police contact and may have travelled interstate.

Ju Zhang, also known as Kelly, was last seen about 5pm on Monday, February 1 at the Winchester Avenue home she shares with her eight-year-old son.

Police say Ju Zhang’s disappearance is extremely out of character.

Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said she had been described as a loving mother who would never disappear on her son.

The 33-year-old was without shoes and wearing a pink pyjama top and shorts when she was last seen. She had no personal belongings with her other than her mobile phone, which has not been located.

Police want to find Joon Tan, also known as Sam.

She is believed to be in a relationship with 35-year-old Doncaster man Joon Seong Tan, also known as Sam, who told police he last saw her leaving her home to go on a walk.

In a quickly convened press conference on Saturday afternoon, Detective Inspector Stamper said this was a “very unlikely scenario” because Kelly would not have left her son at home with someone who was not an immediate family member.

“We have significant concerns for Kelly,” he said.

“She is a very loving mum to this eight-year-old son and would not leave him in any circumstances.”

Missing Epping woman Ju Zhang was last seen on Monday February 1.

Police believe Sam may be the key to finding Kelly.

Detective Inspector Stamper said investigators made contact with him on several occasions, most recently on Thursday.

“Since then we’re unable to say where he is,” Detective Inspector Stamper said.

“We know that he has been in contact with associates via social media and he has indicated he’s actively avoiding police contact.”

Police fear he may have also travelled interstate and are asking people to be on the lookout for his black 2008 Mazda CX9 station wagon with the registration WKE 850.

Joon Tan, 35, may be travelling in his black 2008 Mazda CX9 station wagon with registration WKE 850.

Kelly, who has no family in Australia, was reported missing on Tuesday, February 2. Her son is currently in the care of his father.

Detective Inspector Stamper said the disappearance had triggered “a great deal of concern” and talk on social media channels among the Chinese-Australian community. He urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone who sees Ju (Kelly) or Tan (Sam) should call triple zero immediately.

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