Police find body in search for missing Dunedin teen

St Clair Beach in Dunedin.
St Clair Beach in Dunedin. Photo credit: Google Maps

Police searching for missing teenager Vinnie Beecroft in Dunedin have this morning located a body.

Formal identification is yet to take place, however police believe the body belongs to the 14-year-old.

Vinnie failed to return to shore at St Clair Beach, Dunedin on January 23.

In a statement, police said that while this isn't the outcome they wanted, they are relieved to be able to return his body to his family.

"Police would like to thank all those involved in the search, including Surf Live Saving NZ and LandSAR. 

"As noted in the family statement issued earlier today, Vinnie’s family are requesting privacy at this difficult time."

The death will be referred to the Coroner.