Police will continue to search a storage facility in Melbourne’s southeast for clues as to how a decomposed body came to be stuffed inside a wheelie bin for at least 15 years.
Investigators will trawl through missing persons records and cold-case suspected murders in a bid to identify the remains which were found with dirt and straw in a bin tied with Occy straps in Oakleigh South about 11am on Friday.
A black boot was the first sign to workers they’d made a gruesome discovery, after they’d been asked by the new storage facility owners to clean out the unit which had not been accessed or paid for over many years.
Detective Senior Sergeant Pixie Fuhmeister told reporters at the scene the person had been dead for at least 15 years due to the level of decomposition.
“That container has not been accessed for a number of years,” she said.
“We are determining the matter as suspicious at the moment and it is very early days and what we are looking at is long-term decomposition of the body.”
Police expect to remain at the Milgate Street property on Saturday and will start searching lease records of storage containers, admitting a number of them have been abandoned for years.
The area remains cordoned off and bags of evidence have been removed from the scene.