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Grace Millane murder: Police identify 'location of interest'

Officers are set to charge a 26-year-old man over the death of the missing 22-year-old who was last seen at a hotel on 1 December.

British backpacker Grace Millane
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British backpacker Grace Millane

Detectives investigating the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand have identified a “location of interest”, Auckland police have said.

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

The countryside road lies on the city’s outskirts and is a roughly 30-minute drive from the CityLife hotel where Ms Millane was last seen on 1 December.

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

The force added that they are unable to confirm whether the 22-year-old’s body has been located at the site.

Police have said part of the road will be closed until 7pm local time (6am GMT).

Detective Inspector Scott Beard will provide an update from the cordon at 4:30pm local time (3:30am GMT).

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

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