Missing UK Grad Grace Millane Found Dead In New Zealand, Police Named The Murder Suspect (VIDEO INSIDE)

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Missing UK post-grad Grace Millane's  body was found in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges. As told by numerous news outlets, miss Millane, 22, disappeared on 1 December as she went hiking in Auckland, New Zealand. On Sunday, the girl’s body was found in the outskirts of the city. The story of Grace Millane got extensive coverage on the media, so the Typical Student team tells you about what happened.


What Happened to Grace Millane?




Source: BBC News


After finishing her studies at the University of Lincoln in the UK, Grace went on a year-long round-the-world trip. Talented artist, Ms Millane had finished her trip in Peru and went to New Zealand. Here’s the timeline of what happened next before Grace was out of reach, as told by News.com.au:



Source: NZherald

  • November 20: The British traveller arrives in New Zealand, having visited Peru on the first leg of her travels.
  • November 30: Posts her last tweet, quipping: “I think travelling has changed me; I just bought some blue jeans.”
  • December 1, around 7pm: Seen on Victoria St, central Auckland.
  • December 1, 7.15pm: Seen on CCTV at Sky City, an entertainment complex and casino on Victoria St.
  • December 1, 9.41pm: Seen at the CityLife Hotel. Queen St, around 250m from Sky City, with a “male companion”.
  • December 2: Millane’s 22nd birthday.
  • December 2, just before noon: A red Toyota Corolla hatchback is hired from a central Auckland rental firm.
  • December 3, between 6.30am and 9.30am: The car is thought to have been driven in western Auckland.
  • December 5: Millane is reported missing to City of Auckland Police.
  • December 6: Police appeal for the public’s help finding the backpacker.


Source: News.com.au

  • December 7: After arriving in Auckland her father, David Millane, makes an emotional plea for help finding his daughter. Police reveal they have spoken to the male companion and he is a person of interest. The man is not taken into custody and police say there was no evidence of foul play.



  • December 8, 3pm: A 26-year-old man is taken into custody at a central Auckland address by police.
  • December 8, 5pm: Police announce that they have obtained evidence that suggests Ms Millane has been killed and they have seized a “vehicle of interest” in Taupo, around 270km from Auckland.
  • December 8, evening: Detectives charge the suspect with Ms Millane’s murder.
  • December 8, evening: Police identify a “place of interest” on Scenic Drive, a road in the wooded Waitakere Ranges.
  • December 9: Police announce they are searching an area on Scenic Drive, near the Waitakere Reservoir.
  • December 9, shortly after 4pm: Police find a body they believe to be Grace Millane’s in vegetation around 10m from the road.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized to the family of Ms Millane on behalf of the Kiwis, saying "her nation feels a collective shame over her death."

The Typical Student team expresses sincere condolences to the Millane family and friends.

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