Missing British backpacker 'was murdered' say New Zealand police

New Zealand police said Grace Millane was murdered by a man will be charged with murder

New Zealand police said Grace Millane was murdered by a man will be charged with murder

New Zealand police have said they are treating the disappearance of British backpacker Grace Millane as a homicide inquiry, and are speaking to a 26-year-old man.

He will remain in Police custody until Monday morning when he will appear in the Auckland District Court.

Her brother, Michael Millane, said the family began getting anxious on Monday when she did not reply to messages.

"The issue here is Grace is still missing and we want to find her".

Grace Millane, 22, was last seen entering the CityLife hotel in Auckland with a male, The Guardian reported.

"He was brought back here to the Auckland Central police station and is now speaking to us in relation to the murder of Grace Millane".

Grace Millane’s father David Millane spoke to reporters on Friday Dec. 7 2018
Grace Millane’s father David Millane spoke to reporters on Friday Dec. 7 2018

Beard said he had no evidence to suggest Millane knew the man before Saturday night but said he would not speculate on how they met.

"There is family back in the United Kingdom and our hearts go out to them as well". The man is still being spoken to at this point.

The charge comes after police confirmed Millane's disappearance was being treated as a homicide, at a press conference this afternoon. "Somebody may find it somewhere, we don't know what has happened to it".

"I want to reassure the public police are determined to do everything we can to find her".

"We still don't know where Grace is", Beard said, who added police have identified a vehicle of interest today.

Ms Millane was last seen at CityLife Hotel in Auckland at 9:41pm on December 1, accompanied by the 26-year-old man.

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"We still do not know where Grace is".

Earlier in the day police released photographs of a necklace and a watch in the hopes of finding her whereabouts.

David Millane, father of missing British tourist Grace Millane, speaks to the media as police give updates on the investigation.

"Her family are devastated", he said.

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

This afternoon police said they had assessed Millane's property left at the backpackers where she was staying - and found some items missing.

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Grace Millane's watch is a pale pink Casio Baby-G.

The necklace has been described as a round pendant on a silver chain with a green stone in the centre.

They still wanted to hear from anyone who had seen any of the items, or the black dress and white sneakers Millane was wearing when she was last seen.

"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".

Anyone with information that could help with the investigation has been asked to contact 0800 676 255.

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