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

Leroy Wright
December 8, 2018

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. "At this point, we hold grave fears for her safety".

He added that Ms Millane's family were "devastated" by the development and said: "We still do not know where Grace is". Beard said she met a man for a couple of hours on Saturday evening before surveillance cameras showed them entering the CityLife hotel at about 9:40 p.m.

Ms Millane, who turned 22 on Sunday, was last seen with a 'male companion'at CityLife Hotel, in Auckland, on December 1.

Police said they were still looking for Ms Millane, although evidence pointed to the fact she had been killed.

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

She was in New Zealand as part of a year-long trip around the world, having started in Peru, then arrived in New Zealand on November 20.

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

Grace last made contact with her family last Saturday, December 1.

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

A man is to be charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane, police said.

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"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".

Images of her pale pink watch and silver necklace were released by police after it was noted they were missing from her belongings at the backpackers' hostel where she was staying.

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

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

They urged members of the public to come forward with any information.

Grace's father today said: "Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter".

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

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

Anyone with information about the missing items has been advised to contact 0800 676 255.

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