Murder victim Javed Mills' family are planning his funeral even though his skeletal remains have not been returned to them.
Mills' headless skeleton was found in an abandoned Mt Wellington property in September but the 25-year-old wasn't formally identified until last month.
Yesterday the man accused of killing him and trying to cover up his death, James Cooper, appeared in the Auckland District Court via audio visual link.
The 24-year-old was further remanded in custody and will re-appear in the court next month.
In an earlier appearance, he had a charge of interfering with human remains dropped.
Mills was last seen by his mother Lichelle in early 2009 when he left to "live his life" and is believed to have died around July of that year.
On a Facebook page set up to remember Mills, arrangements for a funeral are detailed.
"Some funeral arrangements have been in talks but we still don't know when we will get him back home," a post reads."
Pictures have been posted of memorial patches that feature a guitar and read "Rock on Javed".
"Also if you guys have any ideas for the funeral feel free to share. any music, etc...and if anyone would like to speak on the day just let us know..we would actually really appreciate it."
"We want to make the day a celebration of his life!"
- Auckland Now
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