Grace Millane: Police start murder inquiry

Grace Millane

Investigators had said yesterday that they held "grave fears" for Grace's safety.

Officers established the man was with Millane on Saturday, December 1, and that they went to a number of locations before going to the City Life Hotel.

Police have located a "vehicle of interest" and are now investigating where it has travelled to. He would not confirm what type of vehicle it was.

"Grace's family has been advised of this development and they're devastated" Beard told the media.

The trust was set up by family of a British woman who disappeared and was later found dead in Tokyo, and supports families of Brits in crisis overseas.

Ms Millane was last seen last Saturday night entering the four-star CityLife Hotel at 9.41pm.

DI Beard confirmed that the man being questioned by police on Saturday was the same individual.

Millane's father David, a millionaire property developer, flew into New Zealand early yesterday.

He added: "Today were have identified and secured a vehicle of interest, and we are now making enquiries to find out exactly where that vehicle has been".

Ms Millane, 22, went missing from a hostel in Auckland on December 1.

"As a family we have been extremely concerned for her welfare", he said. "The issue here is Grace is still missing and we want to find her".

According to the newspaper, the police arrived at this conclusion after studying "evidence uncovered during the investigation, including CCTV footage and scene examinations".

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Auckland City Police Detective Inspector Scott Beard said: "Detectives have assessed Grace's belongings that were found at the backpackers where she was staying".

He added: "I know that the thoughts of all New Zealanders will be with Grace's family tonight".

A tearful David Millane appealed to the public to come forward with any information, "no matter how small". They said they had taken a man into custody at 3pm and were speaking to him in relation to the murder of Millane.

Millane was last seen at a hotel with a man, who has not been named.

Police released images of Ms Millane's watch and necklace earlier on Saturday.

Ms Millane, from Essex, graduated from university in September and had embarked on a year-long worldwide trip.

Photos on her Instagram showed she travelled to Cape Reinga with friends before returning to Auckland. She was captured on CCTV leaving Andy's Burgers & Bar on the first level of SkyCity at 7.15pm last Saturday.

"Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter", Mr Millane said on Friday.

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

An emotional Beard said it had been a tough time for all involved in the investigation.

"Of course it's tough, everyone who is a parent out there will understand and appreciate what that family is going through", Beard said.

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