Hongli Qi’s decomposed body found by council workers in Blaxlands Ridge west of Sydney

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the decomposing body of a missing Sydney man was found in the NSW bush.

Hongli Qi’s body was discovered by council workers in the Hawkesbury suburb of Blaxlands Ridge on August 16.

Mr. Qi was last seen by his family at Town Hall Station around 1 p.m. on May 11.

CCTV footage showed the Sydney local leaving his apartment complex on Macquarie Street later that evening.

Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said Mr Qi’s body was found “50 yards from the road in an area of ​​dense bush”.

“Obviously his body was placed there hoping no one would ever find him,” Detective Superintendent Doherty said.

Hongli Qi’s decomposing body was found in Hawkesbury, 80 kilometers from where he was last seen.

Detective Superintendent Doherty said the state of decomposition of Mr. Qi’s body made it difficult to determine how he died.

“The initial autopsy could not determine the cause of death,” he said.

“But due to the circumstances in which we found him and the circumstances in which he disappeared, we are treating this as a homicide investigation.”

Mr Qi lived with his family in south-west Sydney before moving to the Macquarie Street apartment complex.

A man walks through a building
CCTV of Hongli Qi leaving a flat on Macquarie Street in Sydney. (Supplied: New South Wales Police)

Detective Superintendent Doherty said the 28-year-old was known to police.

“He had a criminal record for supplying drugs,” he said.

“So some of the lines of inquiry, which are obvious to investigators, are his associates and his connections in the drug supply network.”

Homicide detectives are urging anyone who saw or spoke to Mr. Qi in the weeks or days before his disappearance to contact the police.

Mr Qi’s body was found wearing the same dark hooded jacket he wore in the May 11 CCTV footage.

“His disappearance was completely irrelevant. His body was found approximately 80 kilometers from where he was last seen,” Detective Commissioner Doherty said.

“We’re trying to trace his movements and who we might have been with and what happened to him.

“It’s really important that we get this information for his family…they are devastated by this loss.”

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