Bullet holes have been found in a burned out car belonging to a Tauranga man missing since January.
Julian Varley, 31, was last seen on 23 January wearing a red tie-dyed t-shirt and a hat.
Police have released fresh details about the case in the hope others will come forward with more information.
CCTV footage from that day showed Varley driving his blue and silver 1998 Nissan Pulsar at the Poike roundabout on State Highway 29A, which runs south of Tauranga.
His car was found aflame hours later on Oropi Road near SH36.
Police said the discovery of bullet holes was a significant and sinister development.