The disappearance of a British backpacker in New Zealand is being handled as homicide, police have mentioned.
Auckland Police Detective Inspector Scott Beard mentioned a 26-year-old guy is being puzzled in the case of Grace Millane’s whereabouts.
Police have now not but discovered the frame of the 22-year-old from Wickford in Essex.
DI Beard mentioned on Saturday: “Unfortunately the proof we have now accrued at this level of the inquiry has established that it is a murder.
“Grace’s relatives had been urged of this construction and are devastated.”
He added: “Nowadays had been have known and secured a automobile of passion, and we are actually making enquiries to determine precisely the place that automobile has been.”
DI Beard mentioned police have launched pictures of Ms Millane’s watch and necklace and that her passport could also be lacking.
He additionally showed that the 26-year-old being puzzled is the person who used to be known as an individual of passion on Friday.
Officials and forensic professionals are nonetheless sporting out a scene exam on the CityLife resort the place Ms Millane used to be ultimate observed at nine:41pm on Saturday 1 December.
Her father David, who has to flown out to New Zealand whilst the investigation takes position, mentioned on Friday: “Grace is an attractive, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter.
“Grace hasn’t ever been out of touch for this period of time.”
It comes after DI Beard mentioned Friday that police had “grave fears” for the protection of Ms Millane.
The British backpacker had arrived in New Zealand from Peru by myself as a part of a yr of travelling.
She used to be staying on the Base Backpackers hostel in central Auckland ahead of her disappearance.