Dec. 9 (Bulletinstandard) — Police in New Zealand found a physique Sunday within the seek for lacking British backpacker Grace Millane.
Auckland Detective Inspector Scott Beard mentioned the physique, believed to be the 22-year-old Millane, was present in a bush space on Scenic Drive, in Waitakere after it was recognized as an space of curiosity.
“The formal identification course of will now happen. Nonetheless, primarily based on the proof that we now have gathered over the previous few days, we anticipate that that is Grace,” mentioned Beard. “Clearly, this brings the seek for Grace to an finish. It’s an insufferable time for the Millane household and our hearts exit to them.”
He added the investigation would proceed, as police referred to as for sightings of a Toyota Corolla hatchback that was rented from a central Auckland rental final week.
A 26-year-old man was charged with homicide within the case and was being interrogated by police in Auckland in relation to Millane’s disappearance.
Millane was final seen on the Citylife Lodge within the Auckland metropolis heart on Dec. 1, with a “male companion.”
“We all know that he was together with her on the Saturday night and went to plenty of locations earlier than going to the Citylife Lodge,” Beard mentioned.
Police hadn’t instantly uncovered any proof that the 2 had met earlier than that evening.
Millane had traveled to New Zealand from Peru on Nov. 20 as a part of a year-long worldwide journey after her school commencement.
She had been involved together with her mother and father nearly each day main as much as her disappearance.
Millane’s father was knowledgeable of the invention of the physique and was “devastated” by the information of the homicide fees.
“Any father, any mum or dad on this state of affairs will wrestle. I really feel for him, I’ve a daughter in her twenties. So we’re placing numerous help round him. It is troublesome as a result of he is right here with a brother from England, and the remainder of the household are again house. So our hearts exit to them,” Beard mentioned.