A MAN has been charged with murder after the death of a teenage boy in Charlestown on Tuesday morning.
Police said they found the body of a 16-year-old boy inside a unit on Charlestown Road after receiving a call at 12.30am.
They arrested a 24-year-old man in a carpark on Weakleys Drive, Thornton, at 2.10am.
The man was taken to Maitland Police Station, before being transferred to the Mater Hospital. He was subsequently released and taken to Belmont Police Station, where he was charged with murder.
The 24-year-old was refused bail to appear at Belmont Local Court on Wednesday.
Police said the pair were known to each and that investigations were continuing.
EARLIER REPORT: Police say a man being questioned over the suspicious death of a teenager at Lake Macquarie knew the boy.
Investigators arrested a 24-year-old man in relation to the tragedy involving the 16-year-old soon after the teenager's body was found in the early hours of Tuesday.
The man has been helping investigators with their inquiries, police said.
Emergency crews were called to a premises on Charlestown Road at Charlestown about 12.30am after reports that a 16-year-old was found unresponsive inside a unit.
Police said in a statement that officers found the teenager dead when they arrived.
Lake Macquarie Police District detectives set up a crime scene and forensic investigators were continuing to search for clues throughout Tuesday.
As a result of the initial stages of the investigation, a 24-year-old man was arrested in a restaurant carpark on Weakleys Drive at Thornton at about 2am.
He was initially taken to Maitland Police Station before being briefly transferred to the Mater Hospital.
The man was soon released from hospital and was being questioned at Belmont Police Station, where he was continuing to help detectives with their inquiries as of Tuesday afternoon.
Police said the 16-year-old boy and the 24-year-old man knew each other, but did not confirm how.
No-one had been charged over the teenager's death at the time of publication.
Anyone with information that could help detectives with their investigation is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers either on 1800 333 000 or through the online portal.
Information can be passed on to investigators anonymously using Crime Stoppers.
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