Bay of Plenty police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a car early this morning.
The silver car found parked in a reserve off Beach Road Katikati, near its intersection with Main Road (SH2), had been cordoned off by police, SunLive reported.
Senior Constable John Fitzgerald confirmed a deceased middle-aged man was found in the backseat of the car.
Detective Sergeant Rob Lemoto said it was too early to say if the death was suspicious and police would know more once a scene examination had been completed today.
It was believed the vehicle had been parked there since Sunday, SunLive reported.
Anyone who saw the vehicle or has information is asked to contact Detective Lemoto at Tauranga police on 07 577 4300.