Nanaimo RCMP have recovered a body believed to be that of missing teen Makayla Chang and are now treating the case as a homicide.

The 16-year-old was reported missing March 22. She was last seen March 17 in Nanaimo.

Police say they do not believe the public is at risk.

According a statement released by the RCMP, the homicide investigation is being led by the Nanaimo Serious Crime Unit. 

"This remains a priority investigation with dedicated resources tasked with determining the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and murder of Chang," read the statement.

Chang was a student at John Barsby Secondary School.