Missing Backpacker Grace Millane Case Is Now being Treated As Suspected Murder

Grace Millane was captured on CCTV footage at Sky City in Auckland on December 1 wearing a black dress and white shoes

Grace Millane was captured on CCTV footage at Sky City in Auckland on December 1 wearing a black dress and white shoes

The 22-year-old from Essex hasn't been seen since she entered downtown Auckland's CityLife Hotel in the company of a 26-year-old man last Saturday evening.

They said that several of Ms Millane's possessions, including her passport, were missing.

Police had identified the man by yesterday and spoken to him before he was taken to Auckland Central police station today. "At this point, we hold grave concerns for her safety".

CCTV footage captured Millane leaving Andy's Burgers & Bar, on the first level of Sky City, at 7.15pm last Saturday, December 1.

Tonight's statement said the Millane family have requested privacy at this time and will not be making any further statements at this stage.

"Grace's family have been advised of this development and they are devastated."

"Of course it's tough, everyone who is a parent out there will understand and appreciate what that family is going through", Beard said.

Grace Millane had been in New Zealand for about two weeks. Local police were eager to find her and return her to her family, but new evidence has changed the course of the case.

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

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

"I know that the thoughts of all new Zealanders will be with Grace's family tonight, and I want to reassure everyone both here and overseas that New Zealand Police are determined to do everything we can to find her", he said.

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

She was in New Zealand as part of a year-long trip around the world, having started in Peru, then arrived in New Zealand on November 20. Beard said there has been no evidence of foul play so far.

David Millane, the father of missing backpacker Grace Millane, says his daughter has "never been out of contact for this amount of time".

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

Asked if the pair had met on the Tinder dating app, the detective said: "I'm not going to speculate on how they met".

Police want the public to help find this necklace belonging to backpacker Grace Millane.

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

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

On Saturday police released images of her necklace and watch and urged anyone who recognised the items to come forward.

Police believe Millane may have the items with her.

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