Law enforcement officials in New Zealand investigating lacking Essex lady Grace Millane have charged a 26-year-old man along with her homicide.
Auckland Police had stated they’d “grave fears” for the security of the 22-year-old backpacker, who was final seen at a resort per week in the past.
Police since stated proof suggests the College of Lincoln graduate has been killed, the Day by day Mirror reviews.
A spokesperson for NZ Police stated: “The 26-year-old who has been talking with police in relation to the disappearance of Grace Millane will probably be charged along with her homicide.
“He’ll stay in police custody till Monday morning when he’ll seem within the Auckland District Court docket.”
Police investigating murder
Auckland Metropolis Police Detective Inspector Scott Beard earlier stated: “Simply after 3pm this afternoon (2am GMT) a 26-year-old man was situated at a central Auckland deal with by police, he was introduced again right here to the Auckland Central Police Station and is at the moment talking to us in relation to the homicide of Grace Millane.
“Sadly the proof we now have gathered so far within the inquiry has established that this can be a murder.
“Grace’s household have been suggested of this improvement and they’re devastated.”
DI Beard added: “Clearly this implies we’re treating Grace’s disappearance as a murder investigation.
“We nonetheless have no idea the place Grace is. We’re decided to search out her and return her to her household.”
In a tearful press convention on Friday, Grace’s dad David, who has travelled to Auckland, stated the “fun-loving” graduate’s household have been “extraordinarily involved” for her welfare.
After ending her research in September Grace launched into a year-long worldwide journey.
After visiting Peru she arrived in New Zealand on November 20 and had been “bombarding” her household with pictures as she stored in near-daily contact along with her dad and mom and brothers through social media.
Her dad David stated they final had contact on the day she vanished.
Auckland Metropolis Police stated it acquired a lacking individual’s report on Wednesday.
Investigators established the final recognized sighting of Grace was as she entered the Citylife Resort within the metropolis centre at 9.41pm on December 1 with a “male companion”.
A spokesman for the International Workplace earlier stated: “We’re offering consular assist to the household within the UK, and dealing with the New Zealand Police in relation to reviews of a lacking British nationwide in New Zealand.”