Police have released the name of a homicide victim whose skeletal remains were found in an Auckland garage last year.
He was Javed Fraser Mills, 25, formerly Javed Abdula Rahman.
Mr Mills had lived for a short time at a house near the Barrack Rd property in Mt Wellington where his bones were found. The house where his remains were found is currently undergoing a forensic examination.
Police believed he died there in 2009.
Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Hooper of Glen Innes CIB said it was a relief to be able to identify the mystery bones that found at 137A Barrack Rd on September 30 last year.
"While we're pleased to be able to identify the deceased, we also know that Javed's family is now dealing with the knowledge that he met an untimely death at the hands of another.
"I have been in touch with members of Javed's family and they are coming to terms with their loss.''
Javed was not reported missing by his family but there was some evidence they were deceived into thinking that he was still alive.
A 24 year-old Mt Wellington man appeared in Auckland District Court on Wednesday 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,'' Mr Hooper said.
"In the meantime, the investigation team is working towards building a profile of Javed through locating friends and associates who may be able to recall their last sightings of him.
"Police want to hear from anyone who has information about Javed, his associates or his lifestyle. In particular, we'd like to hear from people who saw him in person any time in 2009 or 2010."