Homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious disappearance of a Kerang man who may have been missing since Christmas Day.

The burnt out car of William Stevenson, 47, was found on the side of the road in Wellsford, near Bendigo, on Wednesday.

He was reported missing on December 27 when he failed to turn up to work in Bendigo.

The car, a 1996 green Mitsubishi Magna sedan was found about 5.30pm on Norman Road.

Police believe the car may have been at the site for days. It appears to have been rammed away from the road by another vehicle.

A crime scene has been established at the site and detectives are waiting for the results of forensic tests on the vehicle.

They are expected to release more information later on Thursday.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Stevenson or his car in the Kerang, Bendigo or Wellsford areas since 25 December is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au.