Detectives searching for missing backpacker believe she was murdered

Grace Millane was captured on CCTV footage at Sky City in Auckland on December 1 wearing a black dress and white shoes

Her brother, Michael Millane, said the family began getting anxious on Monday when she did not reply to messages.

Police want the public to help find this necklace belonging to backpacker Grace Millane.

A 26-year-old man, who was with Ms Millane when she was last seen, was speaking with authorities and police advised on Saturday afternoon that he would be charged with her murder.

Scott Beard, the Auckland Police's detective inspector, said he could not confirm if Millane left the hotel.

"He was brought back to the Auckland Central Police Station and is now speaking to us in relation to the murder of Grace Millane". The man is still being spoken to at this point.

Asked why police were now treating Millane's disappearance as a murder, Beard said it was a combination of factors.

'We still do no know where Grace is.

The 22-year-old, from Essex, described by her father as "lovely" and "family-orientated", vanished in New Zealand a week ago.

Today police have identified and secured a vehicle of interest and are now making inquiries to find out exactly where that vehicle has been, Mr Beard said.

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

"We still do not know where Grace is".

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"We know that they were together from the time at the Sky City Hotel".

On Saturday police released images of her necklace and watch and urged anyone who recognised the items to come forward. She was formally reported missing on Wednesday, December 5.

David Millane, father of missing British tourist Grace Millane, speaks to the media as police give updates on the investigation.

CCTV cameras captured Millane at the CityLife Hotel on Queen St at 9.41pm on December 1.

"Of course it's tough, everyone who is a parent out there will understand and appreciate what that family is going through", Beard said.

Her other belongings had remained this week at Base Backpackers, where she had been booked in to stay until today.

Police said they are still looking for Ms Millane, 22, who was last seen in the city on December 1, although evidence suggested she had been killed.

The watch is a pale pink Casio Baby-G.

They still wanted to hear from anyone who had seen any of the items, or the black dress and white sneakers Millane was wearing when she was last seen.

Officers have conducted a scene examination at an apartment at the CityLife Hotel and were trawling through "hundreds" of hours of CCTV footage as part of the investigation.

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