Man to be charged with Grace Millane's murder

Lamar Ellis
December 8, 2018

Missing British backpacker Grace Millane's family are "devastated" as New Zealand police confirm they are now treating her disappearance as a homicide. "We are determined to find her and return her to her family", Mr Beard said.

A 26-year-old man is being questioned by detectives after he was located by police at an address in central Auckland on Saturday afternoon.

The last confirmed sighting of Ms Millane was at 9.41pm the same day at the Citylife Hotel in central Auckland, when she was seen with a "male companion".

"We know that he was with her on the Saturday evening and went to a number of places before going to the Citylife Hotel", Mr Beard said.

He added the "thoughts of all New Zealanders will be with Grace's family tonight".

Grace, who turned 22 on Sunday, had arrived in New Zealand on November 20 as part of a round-the-world trip.

Earlier searches of Millane's accommodation at a backpackers' hostel found several items, including her passport, were missing.

"We still do not know where Grace is".

He wouldn't speculate where Grace was killed, Beard said.

"Somebody may find it somewhere, we don't know what has happened to it".

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New Zealand Police have announced they believe missing British backpacker Grace Millane, 22, has been murdered.

"He was brought back to the Auckland Central Police Station and is now speaking to us in relation to the murder of Grace Millane".

He said Millane's family had been told and they were "devastated".

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said a scene examination at the hotel is continuing and investigators were progressing with the viewing of hundreds of hours of CCTV footage. Beard said they're also examining a vehicle and want to figure out where it has been driven over the past week.

In the statement issued on Saturday, Millane's family praised Auckland police "who have been outstanding in their support and efforts in helping to find Grace".

Her father, a 60-year-old property developer, fought back tears as he urged anyone who has any information about his "outgoing, fun-loving" daughter to come forward. "Our thoughts are with her family at this very bad time".

"Everyone who is a parent out there will understand and appreciate what the family is going through".

"Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter".

"Our hearts go out to them".

Anyone with information about the missing items has been advised to contact 0800 676 255.

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