Marlborough Police have located a body the car found burning in a layby off State Highway 1 at Tuamarina this morning.
Police and the Fire Service were called to the burning Toyota Corolla station wagon about 8.30am.
Inquiries are continuing to identify the body and determine the cause of the fire.
Police would like to speak to anyone who saw anyone in or near the car.
Anyone with information should call Blenheim Police Ph 5785279 or Crimestoppers Ph 0800 555 111.