Man to be charged over missing British backpacker

A 26-year-old man - who was with Miss Millane before she went missing - is being held in Auckland in connection with the murder.

New Zealand Police said the man will remain in custody until Monday morning, when he will appear in the Auckland District Court.

'Sadly the evidence we have gathered to this point of the inquiry has established that this is a homicide.

Beard said they don't know where Millane's body is located but they're determined to find it and return it to her family.

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

"We know that he was with her on the Saturday evening and went to a number of places before going to the Citylife Hotel", he told reporters. We are determined to find her...

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

Beard would also not confirm if Millane used a dating app while visiting Auckland.

She had daily contact with her loved ones via social media but her father, David Millane, said the family last heard from her on December 1.

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


Police also seized a vehicle yesterday and it was likely used to transport Millane's body, which was still missing, retired Bay of Plenty District crime manager and Detective Inspector Graham Bell said.

'She arrived here on the 20th of November and has been bombarding us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures, ' Mr Millane said.

The man Millane was seen with was taken into the central Auckland police station on Saturday afternoon for questioning.

Her father travelled to New Zealand to help search for his 22-year-old daughter whose body has not yet been found.

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.

Her passport is also missing.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been supporting Millane's family, posted on its Facebook page that they were "incredibly saddened" by the police announcement.

Police said they had received dozens of calls to a hotline and more than 25 staff were working on the case, trawling through hours of CCTV footage to trace her movements.

'Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving and family orientated daughter'.

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


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