Police believe Tauranga man Harley Shrimpton was a victim of foul play after he went missing mid-November. A 21-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping and was due in court today.
Shrimpton was reported missing by family on 17 November.
Detective Inspector Lindsay Pilbrow said the 28-year-old was last seen getting into a blue Toyota Prius in the McDonald's carpark in Mount Maunganui on the afternoon of 3 November.
"This car was unlawfully taken the day before, 2 November, from the Bellevue area in Tauranga and has since been recovered by police.
"Due to these circumstances, and a lack of other sightings, police believe Mr Shrimpton may have been the victim of foul play."
Police are seeking sightings of the blue Prius from 2 November until 5 November.
"Throughout today and yesterday, several properties in Western Bay of Plenty have been the subject of search warrants, with the assistance of specialist squads and forensic experts," Pilbrow said.
He said several people would know what happened, including Shrimpton's current location.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police.