Body found in hunt for missing British backpacker Grace Millane

The car was rented for just 24 hours

The car was rented for just 24 hours

A body, believed to be that of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane, was found Sunday on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand police said.

The last confirmed sighting of Millane was at the CityLife Hotel, in Queen St, at 9.41pm on the evening before her 22nd birthday, with the 26-year-old man now charged with her murder.

A man, 26, was charged with murder Saturday after he was last seen entering the CityLife hotel in Auckland with Millane, who had arrived in New Zealand on November 20 as part of her yearlong backpacking trip across the world. That man is in police custody and due to appear in court today charged with murder.

Detectives said the body was "believed to be Grace" but it has not yet been formally identified.

Formal identification would take place Monday, but police were confident the search for Millane had come to an end.

On Saturday police said they had assessed Millane's property left at the Base Backpackers where she had been staying - and found some items missing.

Her family have described her as "lovely, outgoing, fun-loving and family-orientated", with her brother Declan paying public tribute on social media with a series of photographs of Ms Millane smiling, celebrating, graduating and, as a little girl, hugging her sibling.

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He said Kiwis are shocked and horrified when something like this happens which shows that New Zealand is a safe country.

By Wednesday a missing person's report was filed with police and on Friday her father arrived in New Zealand where he spoke to media.

"We need to hear from anyone who saw this auto last Monday morning, between 6 a.m. and 9.30 the West Auckland area".

Grace Millane's body was found in the Waitakere Ranges yesterday.

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Millane, from Essex, was on a year-long round-the-world trip after graduating from university.

This was her first time travelling overseas alone.

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Members of her family flew out to New Zealand from England the day before the police announced her death.

"We were praying for her while she was missing, and then of course. the sad realisation that she wasn't missing any longer, as it were".

Police haven't said if those items were found with her body.

Scenic Drive is roughly 15 miles from the CityLife hotel where Ms Millane was last seen on 1 December.

- December 7: After arriving in Auckland her father, David Millane, makes an emotional plea for help finding his daughter.

The announcement by police that Miss Millane was "no longer alive" followed a review of CCTV footage, the forensic examination of a hotel where she was last seen, and the discovery of a vehicle.

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