Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for information to help locate Lachlan Thorpe-Smith.
The 22-year-old Reservoir man is wanted in relation to the fatal crash in Burwood where the driver fled the scene in the early hours of Tuesday 21 July.
Emergency services were called to the Burwood Highway about 1.20am to reports a car had crashed into a pole.
The 16-year-old male passenger from Reservoir died at the scene.
Checks have revealed the vehicle was stolen from Reservoir overnight between 15 and 16 July.
Investigators have released an image of Thorpe-Smith in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information on his whereabouts.
Thorpe-Smith is 180cm tall, solid build with a mullet hairstyle and blue eyes.
He is known to frequent the northern suburbs of Melbourne.
Police are calling on the 22-year-old to attend a police station.
Anyone who sees Thorpe-Smith is urged not to approach him but to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au