Grace Millane: Disappearance of British backpacker being investigated as murder

Grace Millane's family say they are staying positive and hope she returns home soon

They had previously been speaking to him over Millane's disappearance.

"Sadly the evidence we have gathered to this point of the inquiry has established that this is a homicide".

Later in the day, police said they planned to charge the man with Millane's murder and he would be held in custody until his first court appearance on Monday.

Grace Millane hasn't been seen since December 1.

Beard said the family were informed and are "devastated". "We are all extremely upset, and it's very hard at this time to fully describe the range of emotions we are going through". He would not confirm what type of vehicle it was.

"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".

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.

Grace Millane was last seen at the city center of Auckland around 7 pm December 1.

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

Grace Millane, 22, from Essex, had been in New Zealand for about two weeks.

Father John Corbyn, of Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Wickford, where the Millane family lives said she was well known in the community.

Her passport is also missing.

Beard would also not confirm if Millane used a dating app while visiting Auckland.

In a statement released on Saturday morning (New Zealand time), they said it had been "an extremely hard and emotional time for us all".

"I want to reassure everyone, both here and overseas, that New Zealand Police are determined to do everything we can to find her".

A tearful David Millane appealed to the public to come forward with any information, "no matter how small".

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The man was found at a central Auckland address by police about 3:00pm local time on Saturday.

Mr Beard said Ms Millane's passport, necklace and watch were still missing and police wanted anyone with information on these or anything else to get in touch on 0800 676 255.

The much loved daughter and sister arrived in New Zealand on November 20, as part of a year-long, worldwide overseas experience that began earlier this year in South America.

Five days later, on Friday, David Millane arrived in New Zealand and spoke with media.

Photos on her Instagram showed she travelled to Cape Reinga with friends before returning to Auckland.

"We thought maybe it's just the time zone, sort of catching up, but we looked into it and realised her messages hadn't been read or delivered".

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

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

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Detective Beard said Millane's case has been tough, at the press conference.

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