Grace Millane murder: Police identify ‘location of interest’

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Detectives investigating the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand have identified a “location of interest”.

A scene examination is taking place in a bush area on Scenic Drive in Auckland.

The countryside road lies on the city’s outskirts and is a roughly 30-minute drive from the CityLife hotel where Ms Millane was last seen on 1 December.

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

Grace Millane was last seen at the CityLife hotel in Auckland
Image: Grace Millane was last seen at the CityLife hotel in Auckland

The force added that they are unable to confirm whether the 22-year-old’s body has been located at the site.

Police have said part of the road will be closed until 7pm local time (6am GMT).

Detective Inspector Scott Beard will provide an update from the cordon at 4:30pm (3:30am GMT).

The father of missing British backpacker Grace Millane, David Millane, flew to New Zealand 1:14
Video: David Millane has said his daughter was ‘fun-loving’ and ‘family-orientated’

A 26-year-old man is due to be charged with murder and will appear at Auckland District Court on Monday.

Ms Millane from Wickford, Essex, graduated from the University of Lincoln in September and was on a year-long round the world trip.

She arrived in New Zealand from Peru on 20 November.

Police presser on Missing Grace Millane 1:40
Video: Detective Inspector Scott Beard said a 26-year-old man is being questioned

The graduate was last seen with a “male companion” at a hotel in Auckland at 9:41pm on Saturday 1 December.

Her father David has described her as a “lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter” who had been in regular contact before she disappeared.

Ms Millane is known to have used the Tinder dating app while she was in New Zealand.

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

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Investigators announced on Friday they were treating Ms Millane’s disappearance as murder, having previously expressed “grave fears” for her safety.

DI Beard said: “Grace’s family have been advised of this development and are devastated.”

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