A BODY believed to be that of a missing Newcastle teenager has been found by police.

A search was launched after Kieran Ritchie, 19, from Walker, went missing on Monday.

Last night Northumbria Police confirmed that officers had sadly recovered a body which officers believe to be that of Kieran.

The next of kin have been informed and officers are supporting his friends and family at what is an incredibly difficult time.

A force spokesperson said there was believed to be no third party involvement.

Police thanked everyone who helped with the search for missing Kieran and have asked that they respect the family's privacy at this difficult time.