Sunday, 26 May, 2019

Man to be charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane

British backpacker Grace Millane Suspected Killer of UK Millionaire's Daughter Reportedly Caught by NZ Police
Deanna Wagner | 08 December, 2018, 14:10

New Zealand police said Saturday that they believe a 22-year-old British tourist who has been missing for a week was murdered, and they will lay charges against a man they detained earlier in the day for questioning.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said police had gathered evidence on Saturday that had "established this is a homicide".

Grace was last seen wearing a black dress with white sneakers on Queen Street, in Auckland's CBD, at around 9.41pm last Saturday.

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

Her father, David Millane, has travelled to New Zealand and held an emotional press conference yesterday.

Her passport is also missing.

'We still do no know where Grace is.

A CCTV image shows she was at Sky City, a hotel a short distance away, at 7.15pm on the same night - but her whereabouts between those two sightings is unknown.

Beard said Millane had been out of contact with her parents for days and, especially worrying to her family, they weren't able to contact her on Sunday for her 22nd birthday.

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

He said Millane's family had been told and they were "devastated".

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

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

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

Her father, David Millane, said they last had contact on the day she vanished.

"Several of her belongings, including her passport, are missing and police believe it is likely that Grace has these items with her".

A tearful David Millane appealed to the public to come forward with any information, "no matter how small".

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

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.

Police said enquiries into Grace's disappearance have not led to further confirmed sightings of her.

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

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