February 16, 2019

Grace Millane: Backpacker’s disappearance being treated as suspected murder

08 December 2018, 02:08 | Devin Moran

MISSING Grace Millane's disappearance is now a murder investigation

Grace Millane missing

They had previously been speaking with him over the disappearance.

"Sadly the evidence we have gathered to this point in the inquiry has established that this is a homicide".

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.

"We still do no know where Grace is".

Police have identified and secured a vehicle of interest. He would not confirm what type of vehicle it was.

"Grace's family has been advised of this development and they're devastated" Beard told the media.

The man was with her on Saturday evening, but Beard didn't know if the pair knew each other before then.

DI Beard said the investigation into Grace's disappearance was "progressing rapidly".

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

"All I can say is that we know they were together from the time at the Sky City Hotel".

Grace Millane had been in New Zealand for about two weeks.

"The evidence we have located so far, our scene examination, from the CCTV footage we have and our investigation has determined that Grace is no longer alive and this is a murder investigation".

Investigators had said yesterday that they held "grave fears" for Grace's safety.

A man is to be charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane, police said.

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

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

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

Photos on her Instagram showed she travelled to Cape Reinga with friends before returning to Auckland. "Our thoughts are with her family at this very bad time".

Grace's father today said: "Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter".

Detective Beard said Millane's case has been tough, at the press conference.

"Everybody who is a parent will understand what the family is going through. our hearts go out to them".

"There's family back in the United Kingdom and our hearts go out to them as well".

The father of a British backpacker missing in New Zealand has made an emotional plea for help in finding his "lovely, outgoing" daughter.

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