Police are carrying out forensic tests after recovering a cell phone belonging to a young man who burned to death in South Auckland.
Investigators are hoping it may hold a clue as to why Shalvin Prasad, 21, withdrew tens of thousands of dollars the day before his body was discovered burning amongst scrub on McRobbie Road in Kingseat.
"Police can advise that Shalvin's cell phone was recovered yesterday with the assistance of a member of the public. Police are satisfied that the member of the public is not involved with Shalvin's disappearance or homicide," said Detective Inspector Dave Lynch.
The phone has been submitted to the police electronic crime laboratory for forensic testing.
Lynch said Prasad's immediate family had not assisted police in determining why he broke a term deposit to withdrawal a large sum of cash on Wednesday 30 January. His body was discovered the following day.
"We're still interested in hearing from any member of the public who has any information about why Shalvin would be motivated to withdraw this money or what has happened to the money."
Bank checks show the money was his and had been saved over time and police said there is no evidence he was involved in any illegal activity.
Prasad's family told police he was a hard worker and a diligent saver.
The Dannemora resident had gone out the night of Wednesday 30 January to play pool in Manukau, and was reported missing by his family early the following morning.
Police said they had received a significant number of calls from the public about the case.