Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Search for Grace Millane now murder investigation

Search for Grace Millane now murder investigation

Beard said the investigation had progressed rapidly since identifying the last sighting of Millane at CityLife hotel in central Auckland at 9.41pm last Saturday, and the police had received a huge amount of information from the public.

Police said they are still looking for Ms Millane, 22, who was last seen in the city on December 1, although evidence suggested she had been killed.

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

Grace Millane's family say they are staying positive and hope she returns home soon.

Investigators had said yesterday that they held "grave fears" for Grace's safety.

She failed to check in with family, which is very out of character for her, they say.

David Millane, father of missing British tourist Grace Millane, speaks to the media as police give updates on the investigation.

Detectives searching for her said several of her possessions, including her passport, are also missing.

"Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter", Mr Millane said on Friday.

Officers found the 26-year-old man at a central Auckland address at 3pm, and interviews were still taking place late this afternoon.

Grace Millane's father David said his daughter had been excited about coming to New Zealand and had bombarded the family with images of her adventures since arriving.

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"Obviously this means that we are treating Grace's disappearance as a homicide investigation".

Miss Millane, who graduated from the University of Lincoln in September, had been travelling alone in New Zealand for two weeks, following a six-week group trip through South America.

"We still do not know where Grace is".

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

After visiting Peru she arrived in New Zealand on November 20 and had been near-daily contact with her family until December 1 - the day before her 22nd birthday.

"I'm not going to speculate on how they met", he said.

Grace Millane's belongings, including a necklace and a Baby-G watch.

Dozens of calls had been made to the 0800 investigation helpline number, and that information continued to be reviewed and assessed, Beard said.

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

Before she vanished, she was staying at the Base Backpackers hostel in Auckland.

"I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to anybody who has seen, spoken to, come into contact with Grace over the last few days and come forward with any detail, no matter how small", he said.

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