Body found in search for Grace Millane in West Auckland

British backpacker Grace Millane

A full scene examination is underway in a bush area on Scenic Drive, in West Auckland.

Police have said the examination is a "methodical and slow process and is expected to take all day".

Earlier today Millane's brother Declan thanked New Zealanders for their thoughts and prayers.

Police said there was no suggestion Millane previously knew the man she was seen entering the hotel with, but would not speculate on how they met.

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.

She arrived in New Zealand from Peru on 20 November.

Her father David has described her as a "lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter" who had been in regular contact before she disappeared.

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Detective Inspector Scott Beard said during the conference officers had found the 26-year-old man at a central Auckland address at 3pm on Friday, and interviews were still taking place.

A 26-year-old man is due to be charged with murder and will appear at Auckland District Court on Monday.

"I can now advise that a short time ago, we located a body which we believe to be Grace", he said.

A map of the area where police are searching for Grace Millane.

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

Grace Millane, 22, was last seen at the Auckland city center around 7 pm December 1.

Police said her family were "devastated" after being told the missing persons case had become a murder investigation.

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