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  • 26 May 2014, 17:56

Australian Ex-Detective Charged With Murder

A former Australian detective has been charged with the murder of a missing university student as a body wrapped in tarpaulin was found floating off a Sydney beach.

It is thought the body could be that of Jamie Gao, a 20-year-old Sydney university student who went missing in mysterious circumstances last Tuesday.

Former police detective Glen McNamara, 55, was charged over the alleged murder of Mr Gao as the process of identifying the body continues. McNamara was also charged with supplying illegal drugs.

Mr Gao disappeared after reportedly getting into a car with two young men. Police said he had been excited about a "secret meeting" with the men in the days beforehand.

"It's possible Mr Gao was getting himself into some kind of trouble and indeed may have been getting himself in over his head," Detective Superintendent Luke Moore told reporters in Sydney.

"We don't know exactly who he was meeting or the exact purpose of the meeting but the nature of why he was going there - and in fact it was quite secretive - leads us to believe he may have been getting himself into some kind of trouble."

Police said they were certain the Sydney University of Technology student had been abducted and believed he was dead. It is believed Mr Gao had become involved in a drug-related incident which went wrong.

Mr Gao's Nissan Sylvia sedan was found abandoned near the spot where he was last seen. His mobile phone, keys and wallet were found nearby. The phone has since been examined for evidence.

There has been no ransom note or contact between the family and the people who abducted Mr Gao, who was an only child.

Police are also trying to contact disgraced former police detective Roger Rogerson in connection with the case.

Rogerson was once one of New South Wales' most decorated police officers, collecting more than a dozen bravery awards.

However, he became known as Australia's most notorious ex-cop in the 1980s for his alleged crimes and underworld connections.

He was dismissed by NSW Police in 1986.

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