Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Grace Millane: Backpacker's body returned to family

Grace Millane: Backpacker's body returned to family

David Millane, Grace's father, arrived in Auckland on Friday morning to meet police.

Millane's father David flew out to New Zealand and has visited the site where her body was found.

"It's lovely to see people come together and see how the New Zealanders have taken Grace into their hearts".

"Grace went off to travel the world in mid-October and arrived in New Zealand on November 20", he says in a statement.

"The whole country is in quite a lot of shock because of the very bad thing that happened to Grace but I think a lot of people have come because it's actually no surprise we have really high statistics of violence against women in New Zealand", Ms Carmichael said.

"Auckland Police have carried out the most concise, stringent and thorough investigation".

"We all hope that what has happened to Grace will not deter even one person from venturing out into the world and discovering their own OE (overseas experience)".

They added: "We would like to thank the people of New Zealand for their outpouring of love, numerous messages, tributes and compassion".

She was last seen the night before her birthday, entering a hotel in central Auckland. Police ended their search on Sunday after finding her body in a wooded area in the Waitakere Ranges, west of the city.

Thousands have expressed sorrow, anger and shame at vigils across New Zealand mourning the death of British tourist Grace Millane.

Millane's family were organising for her body to be returned to the United Kingdom to allow a funeral to be held in her home town of Wickford, Essex.

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Beard said: "Police would like to hear from anyone who may have found this item anytime after Monday 3 December".

"We felt really affected by it, and ashamed to be kiwis", Foote said.

Millane had planned a year-long worldwide holiday after graduating from university and her father said the "heinous crime" that claimed her life should not stop other young travellers.

Presiding Judge Evangelos Thomas denied the man's request to have his name suppressed, but his defense lawyer immediately appealed that decision, meaning he can not be publicly identified for 20 days, RNZ reported.

The man who appeared in court can not be named due to local law.

He had been in touch with the Millane family and they're devastated, he said. "We all hope justice will be fair and swift and ultimately brings you some peace".

Detective Inspector Beard issued an appeal for sightings of a 2016 red Toyota Corolla hatchback hired from a rental company.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had apologised to Millane's family on Monday.

The case has also sparked a debate on Twitter about whether New Zealand was still safe for female backpackers and whether the killing would discourage women from travelling alone.

Broadcaster Ali Mau organised the event and said Millane's death had "become a flashpoint for anger and grief over New Zealand's appalling record on violence against women".

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