Backpacker's disappearance being treated as suspected murder

Police say Grace Millane was last spotted entering City Life hotel in Auckland's CBD with a man on Saturday

The 26-year-old man who has been speaking with police about the disappearance of British backpacker Grace Millane will be charged with her murder.

The 26-year-old man was questioned by detectives after he was traced by police to at an address in central Auckland on Saturday afternoon.

A 26-year-old man is now being held in connection with the murder, Det Insp Beard added.

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 Millane's father David said his daughter had been excited about coming to New Zealand and had bombarded the family with images of her adventures since arriving.

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

At 9.41pm Millane and the 26-year-old man taken in by police today were seen on CCTV entering CityLife Hotel, which has entrances on both Queen and Durham Sts.

Grace Millane, 22, was last seen on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

After visiting Peru she arrived in New Zealand on November 20 and had been near-daily contact with her family until December 1 - the day before her 22nd birthday.

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

She failed to check in with family, which is very out of character for her, they say.

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Grace Millane's father, David Millane, made a tearful pela for his daughter's return.

Millane was on a year-long OE after graduating from the University of Lincoln in September.

"I'm not going to speculate on how they met", he said.

"We still do not know where Grace is", Detective Inspector Beard said.

Millane, the daughter of English property developer David Millane, had not been seen since leaving her hostel in Auckland last Saturday.

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

Her other belongings had remained this week at Base Backpackers, where she had been booked in to stay until today.

Detectives searching for her said several of her possessions, including her passport, are also missing.

"We've spoken to David [Grace's father] we've met him, but there is family in the United Kingdom and our hearts go out to them as well".

He said police were working on reviewing hours of surveillance camera footage from around the city, which has proved crucial in tracking Millane's movements. "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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