Police searching Waitakere bush for missing tourist Grace Millane

Police searching Waitakere bush for missing tourist Grace Millane

Police searching Waitakere bush for missing tourist Grace Millane

A full scene examination is underway in a bush area on Scenic Drive, in West Auckland.

Missing British backpacker Grace Millane, 22, has been found dead in bushland in New Zealand.

Police said a 26-year-old man seen with Ms Millane on the night of her disappearance had been charged with her murder and would appear in Auckland District Court on Monday.

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

DI Beard said: 'The formal identification process will now take place, however based on the evidence we have gathered over the past few days we expect that this is Grace.

Grace graduated from the University of Lincoln in September and had embarked on a year-long worldwide trip.

He added that Millane's family, including her father who has flown to New Zealand on Friday, has been informed.

"We need to hear from anybody who saw this auto last Monday morning, the third of December, between 6am and 9.30am in the West Auckland area".

Grace Millane had been on the second leg of a round-the-world trip
Grace Millane had been on the second leg of a round-the-world trip

Speaking from the scene, he said it was an unbearable time for her family and his heart goes out to them.

Police said there was no suggestion Ms Millane previously knew the man she was seen entering the hotel with, but would not speculate on how they met.

Earlier, it was revealed that Millane had been staying at a backpacker hostel in Auckland and left some of her belongings there.

Investigators also forensically examined the hotel where she was last seen.

Ms Millane's father, David Millane, flew to Auckland and made a public appeal for help finding his daughter, who he described as a "lovely, outgoing, fun-loving (and) family-orientated".

The graduate's birthday was on Sunday but she did not contact her family.

"She arrived here on the 20th of November, and has been bombarding us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures", Millane said.

"We are all extremely upset, and it's very hard at this time to fully describe the range of emotions we are going through".

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