Bullet holes found in missing Tauranga man‘s car

Julian's car was found burnt out in Oropi in January. Photo: NZ Police.

Police have grave concerns for the safety of missing Tauranga man Julian Varley after they revealed bullet holes were found in the side of his car.

Julian went missing in Tauranga on January 23.

The last confirmed sighting of him was around 3pm that day, when he was captured on CCTV driving his blue and silver 1998 Nissan Pulsar at the Poike roundabout on State Highway 29A, Tauranga.

He was captured on CCTV driving his blue and silver 1998 Nissan Pulsar at the Poike roundabout on State Highway 29a, Tauranga.

The vehicle he was believed to be driving when he went missing.

CCTV footage showing Julian from the back has also been obtained, and this is the last known image of him.

The t-shirt he was wearing is a red tie-dyed one, and the hat is one Julian’s family advises he wore regularly.

What Julian was last seen wearing.

At around 1am on Friday, January 24, a member of the public found Julian’s car on fire on Oropi Road near State Highway 36.

On Police Ten 7, on Thursday night, police said that bullet holes had been found in the side of the car and were concerned for Julian's well-being.

Police say Julian has not accessed his bank account, or used his cell phone, since January 23.

He has had no contact with family, friends - including his two young children, while his partner is pregnant with his third child.

Julian Varley was last seen on January 23.

“The lack of contact from Julian – particularly in relation to his two young children – has always been of great concern to us,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner, Western Bay of Plenty Area Manager Investigations.

“And the discovery of bullet holes in Julian’s burned out car is obviously a significant and sinister development.

“We have a number of detectives working on the investigation into Julian’s disappearance and we are absolutely committed to establishing what has happened to him and finding answers for his loved ones.

“We believe the community can help us with that, and we urge anyone who has not yet seen the Police Ten 7 segment to watch it.

You can do so via the Police Ten 7 Facebook page or the Bay of Plenty Police Facebook page.”

Anyone who can help is encouraged to call the Police Ten 7 Information Line on 0800 107 4636.

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