Missing British backpacker 'was murdered' say New Zealand police

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2018

Beard said the investigation had progressed rapidly since identifying the last sighting of Millane at CityLife hotel in central Auckland at 9.41pm last Saturday, and the police had received a huge amount of information from the public.

Miss Millane's body has not yet been found, but Det Insp Beard said police were "determined to do all we can to find her".

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".

The 22-year-old from Essex - described by her father as "lovely" and "family-orientated" - was last seen in New Zealand a week ago.

Grace Millane was last seen at the city center of Auckland around 7 pm December 1.

Police had spoken to Millane's family this afternoon, Beard said.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been supporting Millane's family, posted on its Facebook page that they were "incredibly saddened" by the police announcement.

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

(AAP) Missing British backpacker Grace Millane has been murdered, police in New Zealand say.

"At this point our enquiries have not led us to any further confirmed sightings of Grace, and the last known sighting is of her entering the Citylife Hotel", he said.

New Zealand Police said the man will remain in custody until Monday morning, when he will appear in the Auckland District Court.

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Grace Millane's father David said his daughter had been excited about coming to New Zealand and had bombarded the family with images of her adventures since arriving.

DI Beard confirmed that the man being questioned by police on Saturday was the same individual.

The British backpacker, who graduated from the University of Lincoln in September, had been travelling alone in New Zealand for two weeks.

Police have no evidence to suggest the pair knew each other before December 1, Inspector Beard said.

Asked if they had met on the Tinder dating app, the detective said: "I'm not going to speculate on how they met".

"Grace's family has been advised of this development and they are devastated".

"Grace is still missing and we want to find her", he added.

On Saturday police released images of her necklace and watch and urged anyone who recognised the items to come forward.

Millane, the daughter of English property developer David Millane, had not been seen since leaving her hostel in Auckland last Saturday.

He said police were working on reviewing hours of surveillance camera footage from around the city, which has proved crucial in tracking Millane's movements.

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