Missing British backpacker case is now a murder investigation in New Zealand

09 December, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Police say Grace Millane was last spotted entering City Life hotel in Auckland's CBD with a man on Saturday

Police in New Zealand say that a 22-year-old backpacker who went missing a week ago is dead, and that they will charge a 26-year-old man with her murder.

The whereabouts of Grace Millane, a 22-year old girl who recently graduated from the University of London, remain unknown; she vanished in Auckland while attempting a round-the-world trip.

David Millane arrived in New Zealand on Friday morning, after the family raised the alert earlier in the week, having not heard from Grace since Saturday (December 1) - which he said was unusual.

The 26-year-old man was questioned by detectives after he was traced by police to at an address in central Auckland on Saturday afternoon.

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

"I know that the thoughts of all New Zealanders will be with Grace's family tonight and I want to reassure everyone both here and overseas, that NZ Police are determined to do everything we can to find Grace", Beard added.

Police have now "identified and secured a vehicle of interest".

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Fighting back tears, he told a press conference: "Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter".

Asked why police were now treating Millane's disappearance as a murder, Beard said it was a combination of factors.

Images of her pale pink watch and silver necklace were released by police after it was noted they were missing from her belongings at the backpackers' hostel where she was staying.

The advertising graduate and keen artist arrived in New Zealand on November 20, after travelling through South America. She went to Catholic school, and so did they, so they know her.

Police investigating the murder of British tourist Grace Millane have cordoned off what appears to be a crime scene along a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges.

In Auckland, police continue to search the CityLife apartment where Millane was last seen at 9.41pm on December 1, and are sifting through hundreds of hours of CCTV footage.

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