The discovery of a body in Rotorua yesterday afternoon turned into a homicide investigation late last night.
Police earlier said they were treating the case as a suspicious death after the body of a young man was found about 2pm in the Redwood Grove of Rotorua's Whakarewarewa Forest.
Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner said police believed the body was that of a 27-year-old man living in Rotorua.
Police had spoken with members of his family.
A post mortem examination was scheduled for Auckland today.
The body was found by a member of the public.