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A man has been charged with murder after a teenager was found dead in a bush with her legs pinned under her body in the Waikato.
The 19-year-old, from Keewaung, had gone to the North Waiuku River to catch a river boat.
She had a ruptured appendix and died shortly afterwards.
The teenager had also suffered serious injuries.
It was alleged the teenager was dragged from the water by her body and her arms and legs were wrapped in towels.
A post-mortem examination found that the teenager had been severely beaten before her death.
A man was charged with manslaughter.
He was remanded in custody on a $5,000 bail.