Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Grace Millane: Police identify 'location of interest' in search for body

Grace Millane: Police identify 'location of interest' in search for body

New Zealand police said on Sunday that they believe they found the body of a missing 22-year-old British woman after charging a 26-year-old man with her murder.

Police have said the examination is a "methodical and slow process and is expected to take all day".

A 26-year-old man is due to appear in the Auckland District Court tomorrow charged with the murder of Ms Millane, 22, who disappeared while visiting the city on Saturday last week.

The 22-year-old, from Essex in the United Kingdom, went missing on December 1 in the New Zealand city the day before her birthday. "It is an unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them", he told reporters near the scene.

Police found the body following a search of a bush area in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges.

Beard said Millane had been out of contact with her parents for days and they were especially anxious that they could not reach her Sunday for her 22nd birthday.

Scenic Drive snakes through dense rainforest in the Waitakere Ranges, which lie to the west of Auckland.

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The family was devastated, but there was some relief that Ms Millane's body would be returned to them, Mr Beard said.

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

Ms Millane was on the second leg of a year-long trip around the world after graduating university.

Earlier today Millane's brother Declan thanked New Zealanders for their thoughts and prayers.

Millane's father, millionaire English property developer David Millane, travelled from Britain to New Zealand earlier in the week.

She was staying at the Base Backpackers hostel in central Auckland before she went missing.

Fighting back tears, he spoke to media 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.

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