A homicide investigation has begun after police identified a body set alight in Kingseat last Thursday.
The remains of Shalvin Prasad, 21, of Dannemora, were discovered when the fire service were called to extinguish a grass fire in an isolated 25 square metre piece of land on the northern end of McRobbie Rd.
He had left his home in Dannemora around 8.30pm on January 30, telling his family he was going to play pool in Manukau. His vehicle was discovered at an industrial premises in the Plunkett Ave area of Papatoetoe on Sunday.
Police are working to recover CCTV footage from shops in the area.
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch says Mr Prasad's disappearance was out of character.
There were no reasons why he would go missing or take his own life.
"Based upon what we now know about Shalvin . . . it is believed that another person or persons are involved in his disappearance and death," he says.
Mr Prasad's brother, Pravin says Shalvin was the youngest in the family and was "full of life".
"Family and friends are the centre of his world.
"He is probably the most innocent 21-year-old you could meet."
He has asked anyone who saw Shalvin or spoke with him in the 48 hours before he went missing to contact police.
Shalvin's funeral was held on Monday and police planned to interview his family and friends after it.
They are also interested in two cars seen speeding from McRobbie Rd just before 6.30am on Thursday.
Both vehicles went through the intersection into Kingseat Rd, travelling in the Pukekohe direction.
One vehicle was described as blue/silver in colour, the other was white.
"Police are urging the drivers of these vehicles to come forward to be eliminated from the investigation," Mr Lynch says.
"This is a remote location and both drivers will be well aware that their vehicles will be of interest.
"The longer they wait to come forward will increase the level of interest police have in them," Mr Lynch says.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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