Body found in search for Grace Millane in West Auckland

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Camera IconA CCTV image shows Grace Millane in central Auckland, New Zealand.

A scene examination is taking place in a bush area on Scenic Drive in Auckland.

A body has been found in the hunt for missing British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand as police confirmed they will charge a 26-year-old man with her murder.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard revealed the discovery of the body at a press conference near the search site about 4.30pm (local time) on Sunday.

"Based on the evidence we have gathered in the past few days we expect that this is Grace".

Ms Millane from Wickford, Essex, graduated from the University of Lincoln in September and was on a year-long round the world trip.

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After visiting Peru, she arrived in New Zealand on November 20 and had been in near-daily contact with her family until December 1 - the day before her 22nd birthday.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with murder and will appear at Auckland District Court on Monday.

Officers said Ms Millane's family were "devastated" after being told the missing persons case had become a murder investigation.

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

The 22-year-old, from Essex in the United Kingdom, went missing on December 1 in the New Zealand city the day before her birthday.

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

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

He added that his daughter had been "bombarding us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures" before she went missing.

'I want to reassure everyone, both here and overseas, that New Zealand Police are determined to do everything we can to find her'.

Investigators announced on Friday they were treating Ms Millane's disappearance as murder, having previously expressed "grave fears" for her safety.

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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