Ricky Ciano was found dead inside a car.
Ricky Ciano was found dead inside a car.

Former Rebels bikie Ricky Ciano found dead in car

A FORMER high-ranking member of the Rebels bikie gang who disappeared in Sydney's west on the weekend was yesterday found dead in the back seat of a car.

Ricky Ciano, a former ­enforcer in the outlawed motorcycle club's Sydney chapter, was last seen in Penrith on Saturday night, prompting his wife, family and friends to make a public appeal, fearing he was the latest victim in Sydney's gangland shootings.

Late yesterday, police confirmed Ciano, 35, was found dead in a parked car at Duckmaloi, near Oberon in the state's central west.

It is believed he has been there for a couple of days and police are treating the death as suspicious.

Mr Ciano left the Rebels in 2015 on the understanding he could walk free from the club under certain conditions, including he remove his distinctive club tattoos.

But soon after his departure an attempt was made on his life at his Wamberal home on the Central Coast.

Another former high-ranking Rebels member, Abuzar Sultani, was charged with conspiring to murder Mr Ciano. Police allege Sultani - known as "Abs" - was to be paid $500,000 for the botched hit, which involved a fake pizza delivery.

After the murder attempt Mr Ciano moved to the Gold Coast with his family, but a close friend told The Daily Telegraph he travelled to Sydney most weekends to visit family and friends.

Ciano was friends with murdered gangland figures Wally Ahmad and fellow Rebels bikie Mark Easter.