A vehicle owned by a 21-year-old man who was burned alive has been found by police about 10 kilometres from the crime scene.
The body of Shalvin Prasad, 21, was found still on fire in McRobbie Rd in Kingseat, south of Auckland, on Thursday morning.
It would have been Mr Prasad's 22nd birthday yesterday.
His vehicle was missing and police appealed for sightings of it. Police say the Toyota RAV4 was found in the industrial Plunkett Ave area of Papatoetoe.
Police say the vehicle will be subject to an extensive forensic examination.
Police have also appealed to any business owners in the Plunkett Ave area who have CCTV cameras covering Plunkett Ave.
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch, of the Counties Manukau police, said earlier that Mr Prasad's disappearance was out of character and there were no reasons why he would go missing or take his own life.
"Based upon what we now know about Shalvin coupled with the fact his vehicle and some personal possessions are still missing it is believed that another person or persons are involved in his disappearance and death," he said.
His brother, Pravin Prasad, said family and friends were the centre of Shalvin's world.
"He loves to play soccer and enjoyed his job. He is probably the most innocent 21-year-old you could meet."
Mr Prasad asked that anyone who had seen Shalvin or spoken with him in the 48 hours before he went missing to contact police.
Police are also interested in two other cars, both seen speeding from McRobbie Rd just before 6.30am on Thursday.
Both vehicles - one blue/silver and the other white - carried on through the intersection into Kingseat Rd travelling toward Pukekohe.
"Police are urging the drivers of these vehicles to come forward to be eliminated from the investigation.
"This is a remote location and both drivers will be well aware that their vehicles will be of interest to the investigation."
Police are yet to establish what kind of accelerant was used to light the fire.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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