Police have upgraded the investigation into the death of Matthew Stevens, who was found dead on Paekakariki Hill Road on Friday, into a full-scale murder inquiry.
Police say the results of a post mortem have now confirmed that he was assaulted and suffered stab wounds.
Detective Sergeant Mike Sears says: “We still want to hear from anyone who has seen Mr Stevens or his vehicle, a white Toyota Carolla registration RZ1852 ,anytime from 10.00pm on Thursday night through to 1.30am on Friday 28 November.”
Paekakariki Hill Road was closed until around 9.00pm on Friday — and police said a scene examination by their Specialist Search Group was continuing at the scene and would continue for several days.
And they are still undertaking a forensic examination of his vehicle itself. They say anyone with information should call 04 381 2000 and ask for the Operation Vintage investigation team.
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.