British backpacker's disappearance in New Zealand being treated as suspected murder

Grace Millane: Police start murder inquiry

Grace Millane: Police start murder inquiry

Missing British backpacker Grace Millane has been murdered, police in New Zealand say.

Beard said they don't know where Millane's body is located but they're determined to find it and return it to her family.

He added that Ms Millane's family were "devastated" by the development and said: "We still do not know where Grace is".

Grace was last seen wearing a black dress with white sneakers on Queen Street, in Auckland's CBD, at around 9.41pm last Saturday.

She was last seen in Auckland on December 1.

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

Her father, David Millane, has travelled to New Zealand and held an emotional press conference yesterday.

She had booked to stay at the Base Backpackers hostel in central Auckland until 8 December.

"We still don't know where Grace is".

A CCTV image shows she was at Sky City, a hotel a short distance away, at 7.15pm on the same night - but her whereabouts between those two sightings is unknown.

Her birthday was on Sunday but she didn't contact her family.

Police said they brought that man into the central Auckland police station on Saturday afternoon for questioning.

'He was brought back to the Auckland Central Police Station and is now speaking to us in relation to the murder of Grace Millane.

The Millane family have requested privacy at this time and will not be making any further statements at this stage.

Meanwhile, the scene examination at the Citylife hotel is continuing as detectives review hundreds of hours of CCTV footage.

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

Police believe Millane may have the items with her.

Beard wouldn't say whether police had seen footage of the man leaving CityLife Hotel or if he thought Millane was killed in the hotel, a large apartment-style complex.

Her father, a 60-year-old property developer, fought back tears as he urged anyone who has any information about his "outgoing, fun-loving" daughter to come forward.

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

"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".

"At this point our enquiries have not led us to any further confirmed sightings of Grace, and the last known sighting is of her entering the Citylife Hotel", he said.

"Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter".

Anyone with information about the missing items has been advised to contact 0800 676 255.

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