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Search for Grace Millane now murder investigation

Grace Millane Image Grace Millane was last seen on 1 December
Jeannette Daniel | 08 December, 2018, 08:29

Police have released new pictures in the case of missing British backpacker Grace Millane, seeking her belongings.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any of the items matching their descriptions over the past week.

Police said several of her belongings, including her passport, are missing and they believed the items were with Ms Millane, who was last seen last Saturday.

Grace Millane, 22, was last seen in central Auckland on December 1 and was reported missing on Wednesday.

Scott Beard, the Auckland Police's detective inspector, said he could not confirm if Millane left the hotel.

Grace Millane's father, David Millane, made a tearful pela for his daughter's return.

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

She failed to check in with family, which is very out of character for her, they say.

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

Before she vanished, she was staying at the Base Backpackers hostel in Auckland.

Police believe Millane may have the items with her.

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Police have asked the public to come forward with information about these items.

He wouldn't speculate where Grace was killed, Beard said.

The last confirmed sighting of Grace Millane was at 9.41pm Saturday at the CityLife Hotel in Queen St, when she was seen with a "male companion".

In the image, she is wearing a black dress and white shoes, believed to be Converse sneakers.

He said: "As part of our investigation, we have reviewed hours and hours of CCTV footage and this will continue throughout the weekend".

Grace Millane had been in New Zealand for about two weeks.

"Many of these calls have been from members of the public, offering accommodation and assistance to the Millane family".

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

Ms Millane left the United Kingdom six weeks ago to travel the world after finishing university.

"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".

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