Police say they have some idea as to the identity of a body found in a badly burnt-out car in North Canterbury.
The vehicle, a 1989 silver Subaru station wagon, was found about midday on Sunday by a group of four-wheel drive enthusiasts near Loburn.
The body was found in the driver's seat and the death is being treated by police as suspicious at this stage.
A scene examination was undertaken on Monday.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer told The Press police have some indication as to who the person may be, "but until we have a clearer picture, we're reluctant to speculate until we know for sure".
He said further details, including the gender of the person, are expected to be released on Tuesday morning following a post-mortem examination.
Police are also trying to determine how there came to be at least five bullet holes in the car's exterior.
It was too early to say if the bullet holes were related to the death, Det Sen Sgt Archer said.
Police on Monday were appealing to the public for help to establish the movements of the car between Thursday afternoon and Sunday.
"It is possible that people using the four-wheel drive tracks in the area may have seen the burnt-out car over the past few days and we urge them to contact police as soon as possible," Det Sen Sgt Archer said.