Police believe human remains found buried in the Central North Island are that of a Chinese man missing since 2017.

The buried remains were found last week following a search at Rangipo Intake Road, off Desert Road.

A team of officers began their search after police received information which led them to have "grave fears" for a person.

"As a result of enquiries to date, police believe the deceased is a Chinese man, aged in his early 30s, whose whereabouts have been unaccounted for since 2017," police said today.

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The deceased is yet to be formally identified, and due to the nature of the remains this could take some time to complete," police said

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Police said their investigation is ongoing.

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