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Grace Millane: Body found in backpacker murder probe

One of many Facebook posts mourning the death of Grace Millane One of many Facebook posts mourning the death of Grace Millane
Leonard Rios | 09 December, 2018, 11:45

A full examination, which started early this morning, remains underway in a bush area on Scenic Drive, in Waitakere.

New Zealand police believe they have found the body of missing British backpacker Grace Millane.

"This area was indentified late last night as a location of interest as a result of our investigative work", Auckland Detective Inspector Scott Beard told reporters near the scene late this afternoon.

"The evidence we have located so far, our scene examination, some of the CCTV footage we have, and our investigation has determined that Grace is no longer alive and this is a murder investigation", Mr Beard said.

Speaking at a news conference in Auckland on Friday, Grace's father, David Millane, described his daughter as "lovely" and "family-orientated".

The detective appealed for anyone who saw the auto in the west Auckland area between 6.30am and 9.30am on Monday to come forward.

A 26-year-old man is due to be charged with murder and will appear at Auckland District Court on Monday.

Police said there was no suggestion Millane previously knew the man she was seen entering the hotel with, but would not speculate on how they met.

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Investigators also forensically examined the hotel where she was last seen. On Saturday the police said that she was murdered and that they were questioning a man about the case.

Beard said Millane had been out of contact with her parents for days and they were especially anxious that they could not reach her Sunday for her 22nd birthday.

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

Ms Millane is known to have used the Tinder dating app while she was in New Zealand.

Before she vanished, Millane had been staying at a backpacker hostel in Auckland, and she left some of her belongings there.

Grace Millane, 22, was last seen at the Auckland city center around 7 pm December 1.

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

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