Man to be charged with Grace Millane's murder

A man will be charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane

A man will be charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane

New Zealand police have said they are treating the disappearance of British backpacker Grace Millane as a homicide inquiry, and are speaking to a 26-year-old man.

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

Evidence they had found had indicated Grace was no longer alive, Beard said.

Ms Millane, 22, from Essex, England, was last seen at an Auckland hotel almost a week ago.

He also confirmed that the 26-year-old being questioned is the man who was identified as a person of interest on Friday.

Mr Beard said Ms Millane's passport, necklace and watch were still missing and police wanted anyone with information on these or anything else to get in touch on 0800 676 255.

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

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.

She had booked to stay at the Base Backpackers hostel in central Auckland until 8 December.

"The family are devastated, everybody who is a parent out there will understand what this family is going through". He also said investigators were looking into her credit card activity to see the last time she made a transaction.

They revealed yesterday that their investigations included questioning the man who was with Millane when she was last seen.

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Police continue to offer support to the Millane family, both in New Zealand and in the UK.

The charge comes after police confirmed Millane's disappearance was being treated as a homicide, at a press conference this afternoon.

Beard said "that property is going to be somewhere, the clothing is going to be somewhere, we haven't found it".

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

Ms Millane (pictured) arrived in New Zealand on November 20. "This issue here is Grace is still missing and we want to find her".

Police released images of Ms Millane's watch and necklace earlier on Saturday.

"Several of her belongings, including her passport, are missing and police believe it is likely that Grace has these items with her".

"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.

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

Beard wouldn't say whether police had seen footage of the man leaving CityLife Hotel or if he thought Millane was killed in the hotel, a large apartment-style complex.

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