New Zealand police believe missing backpacker Grace Millane was murdered

Clay Curtis
December 8, 2018

Officers searching for 22-year-old Grace Millane are now "conducting a scene examination" at an apartment in the Citylife Hotel, Queen Street, Auckland.

Miss Millane's body has not been found, but Det Insp Beard said police were "determined to do everything 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".

He added: "Today were have identified and secured a vehicle of interest, and we are now making enquiries to find out exactly where that vehicle has been".

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

"Of course it's tough, everyone who is a parent out there will understand and appreciate what that family is going through", Beard said.

New Zealand police confirmed they are now treating British backpacker Grace Millane's (pictured) disappearance as a homicide.

Detectives searching for her said several of her possessions, including her passport, are also missing.

Described as "fun loving, outgoing and [a] family-orientated person", Millane was never out of contact with family and friends for this long, her family said.

He said: 'Just after 3pm this afternoon (Saturday) a 26-year-old man was located at a central Auckland address by police.

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

Grace Millane: Police start murder inquiry

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

Ms Millane, from Essex, graduated from university in September and had embarked on a year-long worldwide trip.

"We still do not know where Grace is", Detective Inspector Beard said.

They revealed yesterday that their investigations included questioning the man who was with Millane when she was last seen.

"We know that he [the 26-year-old man] was with her on the Saturday evening and went to a number of places before going to the CityLife Hotel".

After visiting Peru she arrived in New Zealand on November 20 and had been near-daily contact with her family until December 1 - the day before her 22nd birthday.

The major police search and public campaign for information led to dozens of calls being made to a hotline.

Grace Millane's belongings, including a necklace and a Baby-G watch.

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

She had booked to stay at the Base Backpackers hostel in central Auckland until 8 December.

He said: "As part of our investigation, we have reviewed hours and hours of CCTV footage and this will continue throughout the weekend".

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