According to an OFM report, Niewoudt was discovered at the Botanical Gardens of Plattenberg outside the Free State town, on Tuesday.
Police spokesperson, Motantsi Makhele, says the teen was found with a gun wound to the head and a .270 rifle next to his body – adding no foul play is suspected.
OFM previously reported that Niewoudt’s car was found abandoned earlier on Tuesday.
Niewoudt’s father said his son was on his way to visit a friend at a farm near Verkykersdorp, but he never arrived at his destination.
With the help and continued efforts of a search conducted by Bethlehem K9, Harrismith police and the community the investigation came to an end.