Christchurch police say they are treating the discovery of a body, found in a burnt-out vehicle in North Canterbury on Sunday, as suspicious.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer says the car was found by a group of four-wheel drive enthusiasts, in a shingled area at the southern end of Dunlops Road, near Loburn.
Mr Archer says police are appealing urgently for information about the movements of the car - a 1989 silver Subaru station wagon - between Thursday afternoon and Sunday.
He says the car has been very badly burnt, as has the body, which was in the driver's seat.
The identity is not known but Mr Archer says it is not the Christchurch man who owns the car.
He told Checkpoint officers have spoken to a number of people.
A post mortem will be carried out on Tuesday once the remains have been removed from the car on Monday evening.