Police searching Waitakere Ranges for Millane

Grace Millane murder: New Zealand police search 'location of interest'

Grace Millane: Police identify 'location of interest' in search for body

Auckland police have found a body believed to be that of missing British backpacker Grace Millane in west Auckland bush this afternoon.

The countryside road lies on the city's outskirts and is a roughly 30-minute drive from the CityLife hotel where Ms Millane was last seen on 1 December.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said the body was in bush about 10m off the side of the road. However, based on the evidence that we have gathered over the past few days, we expect that this is Grace.

Police are unable to confirm whether Millane's body has been located at this site.

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

Ms Millane arrived in New Zealand on November 20 after embarking on a gap year holiday.

The man, whose name was withheld, is due in court on Monday morning.

"It is an unbearable time for the Millane family, and our hearts go out to them", Beard said.

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Ms Millane is known to have used the Tinder dating app while she was in New Zealand.

A auto seized in relation to Millane's disappearance, meanwhile, appears to be the key piece of evidence in her death, a former police inspector says.

The graduate was last seen with a "male companion" at a hotel in Auckland at 9:41pm on Saturday 1 December.

Earlier, it was revealed that Millane had been staying at a backpacker hostel in Auckland and left some of her belongings there.

After visiting Peru, she arrived alone in New Zealand last month and had been in touch with family and friends almost daily until her disappearance.

Millane, 22, was last seen alive a week ago entering an inner-city hotel in Auckland with the man.

Ms Millane's father, David Millane, flew to Auckland and made a public appeal for help finding his daughter, who he described as a "lovely, outgoing, fun-loving (and) family-orientated".

Her family was surprised and anxious when she didn't contact them on her birthday or get in touch over on the days that followed.

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