Property searched in headless body case

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 12/06/2012
Javed Fraser Mills
JOHN SELKIRK/ Fairfax NZ

LOOKING FOR CLUES: Police search an address on Barrack Rd, where they believe Javed Fraser Mills was killed in 2009.

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Police yesterday searched the rear of a Mt Wellington property in their bid to solve the murder of Javed Fraser Mills.

Mills, also known as Javed Abdula Rahman, was identified as a homicide victim last week following the discovery of his headless body in September last year.

Workers found the 25-year-old's skeleton dumped in an abandoned property in Barrack Rd, just one house away from where he had last been living. Mills' skull is missing.

Although Mills has not been seen by his family since 2009, they were fooled into thinking he was alive by a fake social media posting.

"Javed's family is now dealing with the knowledge that he met an untimely death at the hands of another," Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Hooper said.

Police believe Mills was killed at the property then moved to the spot where he was found, less than 100m away.

Yesterday, ESR staff and police were focusing on a spot to the rear of the two-storey home but would not confirm what they had found or were looking for.

Hooper said detectives were slowly piecing together a picture of Mills' life before his death, taking statements from friends and acquaintances who have come forward.

Police would like to speak to anyone who thinks they may have information that would help their inquiry.

So far, a 24-year-old Mt Wellington man has appeared in Auckland District Court charged with interfering with human remains. He was granted name suppression and remanded in custody to reappear on June 20.

"More serious charges in relation to Javed's death are likely to be laid in the coming weeks," Hooper said. The Mt Wellington man and Mills were "associates".

Hooper said police had not ruled out charging others in relation to the case.

The Op Tyson team can be contacted on 09 524 1925, email gleninnes.cib@police.govt.nz, text 021 181 3822 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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