Grace Millane investigation - Police appeal for information

Grace Millane was last seen at the City Life hotel in Auckland

Image The body of Grace Millane was found 'intact', police say

A family friend of Grace, Joshua Lewis, also attended the vigil and became emotional as he spoke to 1 NEWS about how much her family means to him. "Your daughter should have been safe here and she wasn't and I'm sorry for that".

Last night police said the Millane family did not wish to comment further but were aware of several vigils organised around the country.

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At the start of this morning's hearing in the Auckland District Court, Judge Evangelos Thomas addressed members of Ms Millane's family.

A shovel police are looking for in connection with the murder of Grace Millane in New Zealand
Image Police are looking for a shovel in connection with the murder

"I don't know what to say to you at this time, but your grief must be desperate", he said, according to television station Three.

"All of us hope that justice for Grace is fair and swift and ultimately brings you some peace".

The murder accused is due back in court on January the 23rd.

Brookie, however, instantly indicated he would appeal Judge Thomas' decision not to grant name suppression for his client, which automatically imposed a 20 working day suppression order under New Zealand law.

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Described by her father as fun-loving and family-oriented, Grace Millane had been travelling in New Zealand as part of a planned yearlong trip overseas that began in Peru. After visiting Peru, she arrived in New Zealand last month and had been in touch with family and friends almost daily until her disappearance.

Before she vanished, Millane had been staying at a backpacker hostel in Auckland and left some of her belongings there.

"At this point we don't know where this item is", Detective Inspector Scott Beard from the Auckland City Police said in a statement on Tuesday.

The New Zealander charged with murdering the British backpacker Grace Millane has been described by his family as a loner who had fallen out with his father.

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She was last seen in central Auckland on December 1, the day before her 22nd birthday.

Her voice cracking with emotion, Ms Ardern said there was a collective feeling of shame in the South Pacific nation over the fate of Ms Millane, whose body was found on Sunday in parkland just outside Auckland.

The body has been removed the scene and is yet to be formally identified, but police believe it is the backpacker.

Detectives have released images of a red Toyota Corolla hatchback and have asked anyone who saw the vehicle on Monday 3 December between 6.30am and 9.30am to contact them.

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