Sydney businesswoman's body found with scarf wrapped tightly around neck

Police have confirmed that the badly decomposed body found floating in a Sydney creek last week is that of Sydney businesswoman Wei Chen.

Police have also revealed that they believe Ms Chen, 39, was murdered, and said she was found in the water with a scarf wrapped tightly around her neck.

A search for Ms Chen had been under way since mid-July, when the Lidcombe woman's blue Mercedes was found abandoned at Belmore.

The hunt included the use of cadaver dogs and a search of rivers and creeks in Auburn, where Ms Chen was last seen.

Last Wednesday evening a person walking their dog found Ms Chen's body among mangroves in fast-flowing Haslam Creek, off Hill Road at Homebush Bay.

The body had been there for some time, but might have entered the water several kilometres away, police said last week.

"This is a tidal area ... the Haslam Creek area [flows] out into the Homebush Bay area, of course that system is part of the Sydney basin system that goes out to the Sydney Harbour area," Superintendent Brett Henderson said last week.

Police today have reissued photos of a man and woman believed to be associates of Ms Chen, and who they believe could help them solve the case.

They had previously appealed to the pair to come forward in August to help them find Ms Chen.

"We're not exactly sure who they are but we understand they are associates of Wei Chen but we don't know if it's a business or social relationship, or exactly how they know her," Campsie Local Area Commander Peter Lennon said at the time.

"They're not suspects in her disappearance but we think she knew them."

A police spokeswoman today said there was no new information about the pair, or their relationship with Ms Chen.

Ms Chen was last seen leaving Auburn RSL on July 16.

Her car was found unlocked and with the keys in the ignition the next day on Railway Parade at Belmore.

Little is known about her. She was an Australian resident and operated a number of businesses in Australia, including a business selling vitamins and a door-to-door business selling children's clothes.

"She also had a small share portfolio," Superintendent Lennon said previously.

"She led a very quiet social life, her flatmates said she didn't do anything unusual other than disappearing on July 16."

Her parents lived in China, and flew to Sydney in August after their daughter's disappearance.

"We love our daughter very much and her disappearance is extremely distressing because it is out of character," her father, Zheng Chen, said in a police statement.

Anyone with information, particularly any member of Sydney's Chinese community, can contact Campsie police on 9784 9399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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