Body of driver lay in car for five days on busy New Zealand road

WELLINGTON (AFP) - The body of a driver lay undetected on the front seat of his car beside one of New Zealand's busiest roads for five days before anyone called police, reports said Wednesday.

Auckland man Alvin Singh was reported missing on February 22 and his corpse was found in his car, parked in plain sight near a major intersection, on February 27, police told Fairfax Media.

CCTV footage showed him pulling over and leaving the car briefly before getting back in prior to his death, police said.

Detective inspector Mark Gutry said the death was not being treated as suspicious and that it was unusual for a body to lie undetected for so long, saying it may have been because Mr Singh reclined his seat before he died.

"He was in the front seat, which was reclined, and he had sort of rolled over on the seat," Mr Gutry said.

"After that time in a hot car, it wasn't pleasant."

He told the New Zealand Herald that Singh had suffered a pre-existing medical condition.