16 Jan 2018

Teenager missing in Rangitikei River named

2:20 pm on 16 January 2018

A teenager who went missing in the Rangitikei River has been named.

Valentino Laki, 16, went missing while swimming in the river, near the North Island town of Bulls, yesterday afternoon.

Police today found a body near where Mr Laki went missing.

The death has been referred to the coroner.

* This story has been edited to correct the spelling of Mr Laki’s name and family details. The original included information  that Mr Laki’s mother had recently died. This was incorrect and RNZ apologises unreservedly for the error.

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