21 Nov 2023

Police say body found near Mohaka River of missing teen

3:11 pm on 21 November 2023
Mohaka River and the railway viaduct.

The rail viaduct on the Mohaka River. Photo: Brendan Purdy/ CC BY 2.0

Police have identified a body found near the Mohaka River mouth in Hawke's Bay last week, as that of a 19-year-old missing man.

Matthew Knight from Te Awamutu went missing more than a month ago, last seen in the Raupunga-Mohaka area on 9 October.

Searches focused on the railway viaduct and surrounding river, and included the National Dive Squad.

The death has been referred to the coroner.