Wheelie Bin Body: Police Charge Man With Murder Of John Christianos

The remains of a man were found in a wheelie bin in Melbourne 17 years after he went missing.

A Queensland man has faced court accused of the murder of John Christianos whose body was found in a wheelie bin in July --17 years after he went missing.

Alleged killer John Spencer White faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday after Victoria Police, with the help of Queensland detectives, raided his Sunshine Coast home and arrested him.

The 62-year-old's extradition has been approved and he will face a Melbourne Magistrates Court on August 20.

John Christianos,40, was reported missing in June 2001 and was last seen at his Bentleigh East home in Melbourne where he lived alone.

John Christianos' body was found 17 years after he went missing. Image: AAP

Just last month his remains were found in a wheelie bin when workers were clearing out a storage facility in Oakleigh South. The storage company had sold the facility after 15 year of ownership and cleaners were working to vacate the property.

Cleaners opened one of the storage units to find a wheelie bin that was strapped shut. When they opened the bin they found it was filled with grass and what looked like a boot. When they dug deeper into the bin they discovered the boot was attached to a leg.

Christianos was originally from South Australia and was said to have been estranged from his family. An inquest into his death in 2011 found that it was likely he died on or after June 11 2001, however they were unable to determine his cause of death.