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New Zealand police discover backpacker’s battered body

By Kaya Geha

Feature Editor

The Pawprint

Promises of finding British tourist, Grace Millane, alive have been shattered after her body was tragically found in Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand police investigate the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane and found a body on the western outskirts of Auckland.

Officers believe that the body is that of the missing 22-year-old British Miss Millane, but is yet to be formally identified.

Detective Inspector Beard said the body was found “about 10 meters” off Scenic Drive, during a scene examination. He added that it was an “unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them.”

Following the graduation from the University of Lincoln in September, Miss Millane had been traveling New Zealand alone for two weeks, following a six-week group trip through South America.

She was last seen on the evening of Saturday 1 December.

The announcement came on Saturday by police that Miss Millane was “no longer alive” following a review of CCTV footage, the forensic examination of the hotel where Grace was last seen, and the discovery of a vehicle; a red Toyota Corolla rental car.

Police then announced on Sunday that a body had been found.

“The formal identification process will now take place, however, based on the evidence we have gathered over the past few days we expect that this is Grace,” from Detective Inspector Beard.

When Grace arrived in New Zealand last month for the second half of her trip, she was seen entering a hotel with a man.

On Saturday, police announced that they are currently holding the 26-year-old man who has been charged with the killing of Grace after being located at an address in central Auckland and will make an appearance in Auckland District Court on Monday 10 December.

He will remain under police custody until then.


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