Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Police searching Waitakere Ranges for Millane

Police searching Waitakere Ranges for Millane

A "location of interest" has been identified by detectives investigating the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said the body was found in a bush about 10 metres off the road during a scene examination.

Police searching for missing English backpacker Grace Millane have found a body in Waitakere in West Auckland.

At 9.41pm Millane and the 26-year-old man taken in by police today were seen on CCTV entering CityLife Hotel, which has entrances on both Queen and Durham Sts.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said the body was in bush about 10m off the side of the road.

DI Beard said: 'The formal identification process will now take place, however based on the evidence we have gathered over the past few days we expect that this is Grace.

"I can now advise that a short time ago, we located a body, which we believe to be Grace".

Ms Millane from Wickford, Essex, graduated from the University of Lincoln in September and was on a year-long round the world trip.

Grace Millane was captured on CCTV footage at Sky City on December 1
NZ POLICEGrace Millane was captured on CCTV footage at Sky City on December 1

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

The man, whose name was withheld, is due in court on Monday morning. "It is an unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them", he told reporters near the scene. "We are determined to find her and return her to her family".

She was last seen on the evening of Saturday 1 December.

Grace was last seen in Auckland on December 1, where she was seen at a hotel with a "male companion".

"The focus now is to piece together exactly what happened to a young girl who came to New Zealand on her OE", he said.

He added that his daughter had been "bombarding us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures" before she went missing.

Her birthday was on Sunday, but she didn't contact her family.

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

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