Man Found In Oakleigh Storage Facility Identified As Melbourne Artist

Missing 17 years

Man Found In Oakleigh Storage Facility Identified As Melbourne Artist AAP

A body found in a wheelie bin at a Melbourne storage facility has been identified as a man who went missing 17 years ago.

John Christianos, 40, was found on July 13 at an Oakleigh South storage facility.

He went missing in 2001. Police say he had been estranged from his family for some time.

However, the cause of death and the circumstances were unable to be determined.

"Even though it has been over 17 years since he was last seen, we believe that it is likely there are still people out there who know what happened to John," Missing Persons Squad Detective Inspector Andrew Stampe said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Clearly something significant has happened after John left his home for his body to be dumped in a bin and locked up for so many years."

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Mr Christianos was working as a graphic artist at the time of his disappearance.

Victoria Police said he was known to police across various states for a range of matters including drug use and assaults.

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