Tao Cheng, Kent St, Sydney: Mysterious twist in stairwell death

Twist in gamer’s death in a hotel stairwell where his body was left for three days as two mystery men are seen posing for a security camera

  • Chinese national Tao Cheng found dead in stairwell near Sydney gaming cafe
  • Body found in by a cleaner in hidden fire escape, death treated as suspicious
  • CCTV from hotel released of two men who may be able to assist with inquiries

CCTV of two men has been released as part of investigations into the suspicious death of a Chinese national found in a hotel stairwell near a gaming cafe.

Emergency services were called to the Meriton shopping precinct on Kent Street in Sydney’s CBD on December 7 last week over concerns for a man’s welfare. 

The body of Chinese national Tao Cheng, 25, was found in a fire escape near the FBI Cyber Cafe.

Police believe Mr Cheng was last seen entering the cafe around 9pm on December 4 before a cleaner made the grim discovery in a nearby stairwell three days later.

The body of Chinese national, Tao Cheng, 25, was found in a hotel stairwell near a gaming cafe

Mr Cheng had suffered chest and facial injuries.

A crime scene was established as detectives commenced an investigation into Mr Cheng’s death, which is believed to be suspicious.

CCTV has been released of two men who may be able to assist with police inquiries.

The footage show two men walking down a hallway talking and laughing among themselves 

At the end of the 10-second clip, one man sporting a ponytail spots the camera and motions his hand to it before pulling his hand away.

It’s unknown whether the two men captured the CCTV were known to Mr Cheng.

Police believe these two men captured on CCTV may be able to assist with their inquiries

Police believe these two men captured on CCTV may be able to assist with their inquiries

The staircase leading to FBI Cyber Cafe in Sydney's CBD, where Mr Cheng's body was found

The staircase leading to FBI Cyber Cafe in Sydney’s CBD, where Mr Cheng’s body was found

Eight days after his body was found, police are still trying to to establish Mr Cheng’s connections to Sydney.

‘Our main focus for today is to give clarity as to why [Cheng] was in the stairwell and what happened in the stairwell,’ Detective Acting Inspector Austen Devereux told reporters on Thursday

‘We urge those males to come forward.’

Mr Cheng was wearing a black crew neck T-shirt, black jeans and khaki-coloured work boots at the time of his death.

Anyone with more information is urged to call Crime Stoppers.

One man (pictured) spots the camera and motions his hand to it before pulling his hand away

One man (pictured) spots the camera and motions his hand to it before pulling his hand away

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