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Body of Marton teenager recovered from Rangitikei River

News from NZ Police
The Police National Dive Squad has recovered the body of a teenager from the Rangitikei River near Bulls.

He was Valentino Laki, 16-years-old, from Marton.

His body was recovered from the river at around 3pm near the SH1 bridge, close to where he was last seen swimming yesterday.

The matter will be referred to the Coroner.

Earlier News from NZ Police
A search is continuing in the Rangitikei River near Bulls this morning for a teenage boy reported missing last night.

Police were notified of the missing boy at 6pm.

He had last been seen in the water around 45 minutes earlier, near the bridge where State Highway 1 crosses the river.

Police and family members are searching for the boy, with the assistance of a local jet boater and the rescue helicopter.

The search continued till dark and resumed at first light.