Grace Millane disappearance: suspect held

Grace Millane disappearance: suspect held

Grace Millane disappearance: suspect held

A 26-year-old man will appear court in New Zealand on Monday over the murder of Ms Millane, from Essex, who was last seen with the man entering the CityLife hotel in central Auckland last Saturday at 9.41pm.

She went missing on December 1, prompting widespread concern and media coverage both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

On Saturday, a 26-year-old man was charged with murder in her case after he was detained for questioning.

This Dec 1, 2018, CCTV image released by New Zealand Police shows 22-year-old English tourist Grace Millane in central Auckland, New Zealand.

He was speaking during the first court appearance of the man accused of her murder.

Beard said investigators have not formally identified the body, but they believe it is that of the missing woman.

Formal identification would take place Monday, but police were confident the search for Millane had come to an end.

"It is an unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them", he said.

Fighting back tears, he spoke about the "lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter" who had been so looking forward to going to New Zealand and had "bombarded us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures" since arriving.

"Obviously these are distressing events for everyone affected by them", Wells said, "and it is likely to influence some people's perception of safety in New Zealand, but generally I think New Zealand is still a very safe place to visit despite these pretty serious incidents".

"We need to hear from anyone who saw this vehicle last Monday morning, between 6 a.m. and 9.30 a.m.in the West Auckland area".

Masses in Millane's memory were planned for Sunday morning (UK time) where churchgoers would be "praying for her and her family".

The British backpacker, who graduated from the University of Lincoln in September, had been travelling alone in New Zealand for two weeks.

Police say there is no evidence she and the man knew each other prior, but have not commented on how they met. She had been travelling the world after graduating from college.

"We were praying for her while she was missing, and then of course. the sad realisation that she wasn't missing any longer, as it were".

Members of Millane's family have made appeals on Facebook for information.

She was on a yearlong worldwide overseas experience, he said.

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

Scenic Drive is roughly 15 miles from the CityLife hotel where Ms Millane was last seen on 1 December. It isn't clear if the same man is being held by police.

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