British backpacker's disappearance in New Zealand being treated as suspected murder

08 December, 2018, 11:01 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Grace Millane

The 26-year-old is the same man who was questioned previously by police and was with Ms Millane at several places, including Sky City, before going to CityLife Hotel with her.

A 26-year-old man is being questioned by detectives after he was located at an address in central Auckland on Saturday afternoon.

DI Beard added: "Obviously this means we are treating Grace's disappearance as a homicide investigation".

"We still do not know where Grace is, we are determined to find her and return her to her family", Inspector Beard said.

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.

This morning police released photos of a necklace and pink Casio Baby-G watch Millane was thought to be wearing when she disappeared, and said her passport was also missing.

A 26-year-old man is being held in connection with her murder and a vehicle of interest has been found.

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".

After visiting Peru she arrived in New Zealand on November 20 and had been near-daily contact with her family until December 1.

"Grace is still missing and we want to find her", he added.

"Everyone who is a parent out there will understand and appreciate what the family is going through".


Despite a major police search and public campaign for information, no further sightings of the backpacker have been confirmed.

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.

"We still do not know where Grace is", Detective Inspector Beard said.

Detectives have since assessed Grace's belongings, which were left at the backpackers where she was staying.

"I want to reassure everyone, both here and overseas, that New Zealand Police are determined to do everything we can to find her".

Millane's father David, a millionaire property developer, flew into New Zealand early yesterday.

'We're all extremely upset and it's very hard at this time to describe the range of emotions we are going through'.

The graduate's birthday was on Sunday but she did not contact her family.

He wouldn't speculate where Grace was killed, Beard said.

He said police were working on reviewing hours of surveillance camera footage from around the city, which has proved crucial in tracking Millane's movements.

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

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