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.

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A post mortem examination was scheduled for Auckland today.

The body was found by a member of the public.

- NZPA