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Dead NSW ex-bikie had bounty on his head

A $1.5 million bounty had reportedly been placed on the head of a former high-ranking bikie member, whose body was found in a luxury car in rural NSW.

The body of 35-year-old Ricky Ciano was found in the back seat of a BMW on the side of a road on Tuesday evening near Oberon in the Central Tablelands, a day after he was reported missing by family.

Friends and family paid tribute to the father of five on social media after his death.

"I hope you're peaceful in heaven. We're going to miss you so much. You didn't deserve this," one family member wrote.

The homicide squad is investigating the death, with a post mortem expected to be carried out within days.

A friend of Mr Ciano said the former bikie had a $1.5 million contract on his head and had made a lot of enemies over the years.

"He caused a lot of problems," the friend, who wished to remain anonymous, told the ABC on Thursday .

Senior Rebels member Abuzar Sultani, who was arrested last year over the execution of Sydney underworld figure Pasquale Barbaro, is accused of plotting to kill Mr Ciano at Wamberal on the NSW Central Coast in August 2015.

Police sources allege a hitman pretending to deliver a pizza knocked on Mr Ciano's door but he wouldn't open it.

Mr Ciano was acquitted in 2013 of wounding Amer Tashman with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Bada Bing nightclub in Kings Cross in April 2012.

It is understood Mr Ciano left the bikie fraternity in 2015 and moved to the Gold Coast for a lifestyle change.

© AAP 2017

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