Backpacker Grace was on the holiday of a lifetime when she disappeared from a pub.

Grace Millane was on the holiday of a lifetime.

After graduating from university in the UK in September, the 22-year-old Brit packed her bags for a year-long trip around the world. It was Peru first, then on to New Zealand on November 20.

Each day she’d been bombarding her loved ones with updates and images of her adventure. But last Saturday the messages and the phone calls all suddenly stopped.

The Essex woman has been missing since that day, sparking a nationwide search involving 25 members of the New Zealand Police.

According to detectives, Grace was last seen at 9.41pm on December 1 at the Citylife Hotel, a pub in downtown Auckland, with a “male companion”. It remains unclear if the pair knew each other before then.

Then today, came heartbreaking news.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard, of Auckland City Police, confirmed that Grace’s disappearance is being treated as a homicide.

Grace. Image: Instagram.

In a statement, Det Insp Beard said Police located a 26-year-old man at an Auckland address just after 3pm today (New Zealand time). He has been taken to Auckland Police station, where he is speaking to detectives.

"Sadly, the evidence we have gathered to this point of the enquiry has established that this is a homicide," the statement read.

"We still don't know where Grace is. We are determined to find her and return her to her family.

"We know that he [the man police are talking to] was with her on the Saturday evening and went to a number of places before going to the CityLife hotel.

"Grace’s family have been advised of this development and they are devastated."


A father's desperate appeal.

On Friday evening, Grace's father, who had flown to New Zealand, addressed the media to appeal for information about his "lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter".

“We are all extremely upset and it is very difficult at this time to fully describe the range of emotions we are all going through," David Millane said.

“Grace has never been out of contact for this amount of time and is usually in daily contact with either her mother, myself or her two brothers.

“I would just like to take this opportunity to appeal to anybody who has seen, spoken to, or come into contact with Grace over the last few days to come forward with any detail, no matter how small and contact the investigation team.”

Police are asking if anyone has spotted these crucial items. Via New Zealand Police.

On Friday evening, Det Insp Beard said in a statement that detectives have assessed belongings found at the backpacker accommodation where Grace was staying, and that several items, including her passport, were missing.

Among the other missing items, a pale pink Casio Baby-G and a round, silver necklace with a green stone in the middle.

"Police would like to hear from anyone who has seen any items matching this description over the past week," he said.

Police confirmed today that those items remain missing, according to Stuff.

"I know that the thoughts of all New Zealanders will be with Grace's family tonight," Det Insp Beard said this afternoon, "and I want to reassure everyone both here and abroad, that NZ Police are determined to do everything we can to find Grace."