Police recover body near Piha Beach

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A body has been recovered north of Piha Beach after it was spotted by the Police Eagle helicopter on Monday evening.

At this stage, Police believe it to be the 16-year-old swimmer reported missing from Whatipu Beach on December 29, 2018, says Inspector Gerry Whitley.

"A post mortem and a formal identification will now be carried out.

"Police are unable to comment further at this time."