Police are seeking information about the movements of a Gisborne man whose body was found in scrub near a beach yesterday evening.
The body was believed to be that of Amandeep Singh, 22, who has been missing for 26 days, police said.
It was discovered in scrub on a section of Kaiti Beach Rd just after 6pm yesterday by people walking in the area.
Eastern district police crime manager Detective Inspector Rob Jones said a scene examination was being done today. ESR staff were due to arrive from Auckland this morning.
Singh was last seen at his Gisborne home on the night of December 29 last year.
He was driving a silver Mazda Lantis, which was found abandoned in a Gisborne suburban street the next morning. The car had since been forensically examined.
Jones said police were keen to speak to anyone who had dealings with Singh in recent times, or who knew anything about his death.
Police were also appealing for information about any suspicious activity in the Kaiti Beach area since the end of last year.
"We believe there are people in the community who will have information about Mr Singh and possibly how he died. He was very well known in the community and had lots of acquaintances. It's very important that we speak to anyone who can shed some light on his disappearance," Jones said.
Kaiti Beach was quite a popular semi-rural area that attracted walkers and runners.
Police were hoping someone had noticed any unusual activity or seen something out of the ordinary, Jones said.
Anyone with information about Singh should contact Gisborne Police on 06 869 0200, or information can be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.