New Details Emerge Over UK Backpacker Grace Millane's Death
New details have been revealed about the man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand.
The 26-year-old man is scheduled to appear in Auckland District Court on Monday.
New Zealand Police have found remains they believe to be those of the 22-year-old woman who went missing from a hostel in Auckland on December 1.
It was the day before Millane's 22nd birthday whose round-the-world trip turned into tragedy.
A graduate from Lincol University, Millane arrived in New Zealand on November 20, having visited Peru on the first leg of her travels.
The 22-year-old was last seen entering the City Life Hotel on Queen Street with a "male companion" on December 1, the day before her 22nd birthday.
Court documents, seen by the NZ Herald, reveal the accused is listed on the same street address as the hotel.
It will reportedly be alleged the man murdered Millane between December 1 and 2.
Officers combed a bush area in the Waitakere Ranges, in western outskirts of Auckland on Sunday afternoon, finding a body.
Formal identification is yet to take place but police said, based on evidence, they believed the body was Millane's.
"Obviously, this brings the search for Grace to an end," Detective Inspector Scott Beard said.
"It is an unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them."
Millane, from Essex, was described as a "lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter" by her father, David Millane
Her brother Declan paid tribute to the 22-year-old on Instagram, posting a series of photos to the lyrics of 'You Are My Sunshine'.
Det Insp Beard said the investigation will continue for some time but the current focus is to “piece together exactly what happened to a young girl who came to New Zealand on her OE".
A post-mortem is expected to be carried out on Monday.
Detectives have appealed for any sightings of a 2016 red Toyota hatchback they say was rented in Auckland.
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