Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Police question man about murder of missing British backpacker Grace Millane

Police question man about murder of missing British backpacker Grace Millane

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

"Grace is now longer alive, this is now a murder investigation", said Detective Inspector Scott Beard of Auckland city police.

DI Beard said on Saturday: "Sadly the evidence we have gathered at this point of the inquiry has established that this is a homicide".

Speaking at a news conference in Auckland on Friday, Grace's father, David Millane, said his daughter had been "bombarding us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures" before she went missing.

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".

Police have also released photos of a silver necklace with a round green stone and pale pink Casio Baby-G watch belonging to Ms Millane.

"Just after 3pm this afternoon a 26-year-old man was located at a central Auckland address by police police", Detective Inspector Scott Bread has told media.

Officers searching for 22-year-old Grace Millane are now "conducting a scene examination" at an apartment in the Citylife Hotel, Queen Street, Auckland. "There is family back in the United Kingdom and our hearts go out to them as well".

Searches have also been carried out at the backpackers' accommodation where she was staying.

The last confirmed sighting of Grace is still 9.41pm Saturday night going into the CityLife Hotel, Beard said.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has seen any items matching this description over the past week.

New Zealand Police continue to examine hundreds of hours of CCTV footage.

Dozens of calls had been made to the 0800 investigation helpline number, and that information continued to be reviewed and assessed, Beard said.

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

Millane graduated from the University of Lincoln in September before beginning her trip.

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.

This was her first time travelling overseas alone.

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