Police aren't treating the death of a 16-year-old boy whose body was found on the banks of the Hutt River in Lower Hutt as suspicious
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton says a post-mortem examination has been carried out on the body of Michael Lafou, of Naenae, on Thursday morning.
"A preliminary cause of death is yet to be established at this stage and further tests will be carried out in due course, however, Michael's death is not being treated as suspicious," he said.
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Michael's death.
A member of the public reported finding his body near a riverside car park on Wednesday morning.
Police want to hear from anyone who was near the car park on Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning.
There has been much speculation about the boy's death during the last couple of days. He is believed to have lived in Naenae.
Acknowledgements: Hutt City News