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

A police officer investigating the murder of British tourist Grace Millane stands at a crime scene along a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ra
A police officer investigating the murder of British tourist Grace Millane stands at a crime scene along a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ra
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09 December, 2018

The 26-year-old man who has been speaking with police about the disappearance of British backpacker Grace Millane will be charged with her murder.

Police are still looking for the body of the 22-year-old Briton who was last seen in the city on 1 December, although evidence suggested she had been killed.

Late this afternoon police announced they were questioning a man about the murder of Grace Millane, 22, who was last seen in Auckland's CBD a week ago.

Det Insp Scott Beard said evidence they had located so far told them Grace was "no longer alive".

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

But the detective added: "We still do not know where Grace is". "We still don't know where Grace is".

She had been in contact with her family almost every day until December 1, the day before her birthday.

(AAP) The last confirmed sighting of Millane was at 9.41pm the same day at the Citylife Hotel in central Auckland, when she was seen with a "male companion".

She last made contact with her family last Saturday, December 1, and was formally reported missing on Wednesday, December 5.

Police investigating the murder of British tourist Grace Millane stand by a cordoned off crime scene along a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere
Police investigating the murder of British tourist Grace Millane stand by a cordoned off crime scene along a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere

"Grace has never been out of contact for this amount of time and is usually in daily contact with either her mother, myself or her two brothers."

However police have not been able to locate her body.

Beard said "that property is going to be somewhere, the clothing is going to be somewhere, we haven't found it".

In a tearful press conference on Friday, Miss Millane's father, who has travelled to Auckland to help with investigations, said his family are "extremely concerned" for her welfare.

The man was found at a central Auckland address by police about 3:00pm local time on Saturday.

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

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been supporting Millane's family, posted on its Facebook page they were "incredibly saddened" by the police announcement. "The issue here is Grace is still missing and we want to find her".

Millane was last seen at a hotel with a man, who has not been named.

Detectives are still searching for some of Millane's belongings, including her passport, a pale pink Casio Baby-G watch and a silver necklace with a green stone in the middle, which were missing from the Base Backpacker hostel where she was staying.

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