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Family of man burned alive 'torn apart' by their loss

Published: 6:07PM Friday February 08, 2013 Source: ONE News

The family of the man burned alive more than a week ago have appealed to the public for help.

Shalvin Prasad's body was found in the rural suburb of Kingseat, south of Auckland more than a week ago and police are treating his death as suspicious.

Police confirmed today that security footage shows the 21-year-old parking his car on Plunket Avenue in Papatoetoe at around 9pm the night before he was found. His body was found more than 20km away.

His wallet and keys still remain missing.

Police believe he got into another vehicle and there was another person or persons around when he parked his car.

Prasad was reported missing to police by his family early in the morning of January 31.

Today, his brother Pravin that his brother was his "best friend" and that that the family has been left shattered.

"It has torn us apart, I feel like it hasn't happened&it is just so surreal, sometimes I think he'll come after work," he said.

He said his brother had a big heart and loved to laugh.

Pravin said his only brother lived for football, adored his friends, but loved his family the most.

"He had a lot of friends," he said.

But family, was the most important, he said.

"He would always choose his family over his friends&he loved his family so much."

He appealed to the public for help.

"If you anything that happened to my brother, please call the police," he said.

The brutal way Shalvin was killed is getting close attention.

An accelerant was used and police are checking service stations to see where it came from.

"It was a very extreme method, we have referred the case to our criminal profiling unit," says Detective Inspector Dave Lynch.

Vehicles sought

A passer-by discovered the body of Shalvin in scrub on McRobbie Road at around 6.30am.

Police say two vehicles were seen leaving McRobbie Road at high speed on Thursday at around 6.30am, just before a police car arrived.

Police said both vehicles carried on straight through the intersection into Kingseat Road travelling in the Pukekohe direction.

One vehicle was described as blue and silver, and the other was white.

Police are urging the drivers of these vehicles to come forward.