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UK NewsPolice have 'grave fears' for missing British backpacker

08:15  07 december  2018
08:15  07 december  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

Disappearance of British backpacker being treated as murder

Disappearance of British backpacker being treated as murder The disappearance of a British backpacker in New Zealand is being treated as murder, police have said. Auckland Police Detective Inspector Scott Beard said a 26-year-old man is being questioned in relation to Grace Millane's whereabouts. Police have not yet found the body of the 22-year-old from Wickford in Essex. DI Beard said on Saturday: "Sadly the evidence we have gathered at this point of the inquiry has established that this is a homicide. "Grace's family have been advised of this development and are devastated.

Family members in Britain alerted the police after Millane, 22, failed to make contact for five days.

Fears are growing for Grace Millane, who has been missing for six days after she failed to return to her hostel or answer birthday texts on Sunday. Police say there is no evidence of foul play in the disappearance of a British backpacker missing in New Zealand. Fears are growing for Grace

Police have 'grave fears' for missing British backpacker © PA A CCTV image has been released of Grace Millane following her disappearance

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New Zealand police say they "hold grave fears" for the safety of a British backpacker who is missing in the country.

Grace Millane, who turned 22 on Sunday, was last seen entering the CityLife hotel in Auckland at 9:41pm on Saturday 1 December.

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Police have 'grave fears' for missing British backpacker © Sky News Screen Grab DI Beard says he has 'grave fears' for the safety of the British 22-year-old

Detective Inspector Scott Beard from Auckland Police was unable to confirm on Friday if Ms Millane left the hotel.

He said: "As part of our investigation we have reviewed hours and hours of CCTV footage and this will continue throughout the weekend."

Video: Police release CCTV image of last known sighting of missing British backpacker (Evening Standard)

DI Beard added that Ms Millane from Wickford, Essex, was with a male companion when she entered the hotel.

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He continued: "Police have identified this man and he has been spoken to.

Police have 'grave fears' for missing British backpacker © Sky News Screen Grab David Millane has described his daughter as 'outgoing' and 'family-orientated'

"Through our investigations we have also identified a location of interest as an apartment in the CityLife hotel in Queen Street.

"We are conducting a scene examination at this address."

Police have 'grave fears' for missing British backpacker © Other Ms Millane was last seen entering the CityLife hotel in Auckland. Pic: TVNZ

The police officer said the man is not in custody but is a person of interest in the case.

He said there is no evidence of foul play and that Ms Milane is still being treated as missing, but added: "At this point we hold grave concerns for her safety."

Police have 'grave fears' for missing British backpacker © Sky News Screen Grab DI Beard was unable to confirm if Ms Millane had left the CityLife hotel in Auckland. Credit: TVNZ

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Ms Millane's father David has flown out to New Zealand amid the investigation into her disappearance.

He told reporters: "Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter.

"Grace has never been out of contact for this amount of time.

He added that Ms Millane had been in Peru in South America before arriving in New Zealand alone as part of a year of travelling.

She was staying at the Base Backpackers hostel in central Auckland before her disappearance.

Mr Millane continued: "She had been bombarding us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures.

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

New Zealand police have released a CCTV image of Ms Millane entering the SkyCity entertainment complex at around 7:15pm on Saturday.

She was wearing a black dress and what was believed to be white Converse trainers.

A number of unconfirmed sightings have been reported to officers.

New Zealand PM: Hurt and shame over Grace's murder.
New Zealand's prime minister has spoken of an "overwhelming sense of hurt and shame" over the killing of Grace Millane. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern's words come just hours after a 26-year-old appeared in a New Zealand court charged with murdering the British backpacker. Ms Ardern said: "Firstly, I cannot imagine the grief of her family and what they will be experiencing and feeling right now. "From the Kiwis I have spoken to there is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that prides itself on our hospitality... especially to those who are visiting our shores.

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