THE HUNT FOR GRACE
October-November 2018 Grace Millane (below) embarks on a year-long solo OE, starting in South America at the end of October, before she arrives in New Zealand on November 20. She travels around the upper North Island, including Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga. Friday, November 30
Millane arrives in Auckland and checks into the Base Backpackers Hostel.
Saturday, December 1
She makes contact with her family — the last time they will hear from her after daily messages back and forth.
She is captured on CCTV leaving Andy’s Burgers & Bar, on the first level of SkyCity, at 7.15pm.
At 9.41pm, Millane is captured again on CCTV, entering the CityLife Hotel on Queen St with a man.
Sunday, December 2
Family become concerned after Millane doesn’t respond to messages wishing her a happy 22nd birthday.
Wednesday, December 5
A missing persons report is filed with police.
Thursday, December 6
Police appeal to the public for any sightings of Millane.
Friday, December 7
Her father David Millane arrives in New Zealand and speaks to media about his “lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter”.
He calls for anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard says police have “grave fears” for her safety. He won’t be drawn on whether Millane knew the man she was seen with before their meeting, but police had spoken to him and “we still have no evidence of foul play”. Police search for clues at an apartment at the hotel.
Saturday, December 8
After searching Millane’s belongings at the backpackers, they appeal for items missing — her passport, a pink Casio Baby-G watch and silver greenstone necklace.
Just after 3pm, police take in to custody the man, 26, Millane was with at the hotel and find a “vehicle of interest”.
At 5pm, Beard announces the investigation is now a homicide inquiry.
At 9pm, police say the man will be charged with murder.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact 0800 676 255.