The bodies of two teenagers were found in an overturned vehicle at Waikuku, 9km east of Rangiora, early on Saturday.

Police have named the pair as Jamie Alex O’Reilly and Anthony Charles Jenkins, both aged 17.

Detective Sergeant Rex Barnett, of Rangiora police, said a fisherman discovered the vehicle on a river track near Geisha Road, which runs along the bank of the Ashley River, at 6am.

He found the body of one youth inside the vehicle, which had apparently rolled, while police found the body of the second victim nearby.

It appeared that the vehicle, which had been modified by having its roof cut off, had hit a small bank, and overturned.