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Missing Tauranga man investigation remains open

Julian Varley. Photo: Bay of Plenty and Taupo Police Facebook.

The investigation regarding missing Tauranga man Julian Varley remains open as friends and family launch a fresh appeal for information.

Julian, who was 31-years-old at the time of his disappearance, has been missing since January 23, 2020.

A family member recently posted a renewed plea for information on Facebook.

“Please, the people that know where my brother is, speak up, we need him home,” she says.

Police have confirmed the investigation remains open.

“We are following up information as it comes to hand,” says a police spokesperson.

“Police are interested in speaking to anyone who had contact with Julian during 2019/2020 and has not yet come forward.

“Julian’s family are obviously extremely concerned by the situation and would like to know where he is.”

He was last seen wearing a tie-dye t-shirt and shorts. Photo: NZ Police.

Julian was last seen on Chadwick Road at around 3pm on Thursday, January 23, according to a previous police statement.

He was last seen wearing a tie-dye t-shirt and shorts, and driving in his blue Nissan Pulsar hatchback.

“Police know he left the area in his blue Nissan Pulsar, registration DST993, and travelled through the Greerton Shops and down SH29, turning into Poike Road.

"Julian’s last bank transaction was at about 2.40am on the morning of January 23 at the Lakes Shopping Village.”

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

Julian’s car was located around 10 hours later on Oropi Road, at about 1am on Friday, January 24.

A member of the public located the pulsar on fire.

Police say the car was completely destroyed by the fire.

On May 15, 2020, police revealed that Julian’s car had bullet holes on the side.

Information can be provided to Police by calling 105 and quoting file number 200128/0613, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Julian Varley has been missing since January 23, 2020. Photo: NZ Police.

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