Grace Millane murder: New Zealand police search 'location of interest'

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses media this afternoon

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses media this afternoon

A full scene examination is now underway at a bush area on Scenic Drive, Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland.

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

Det Insp Beard added officers were "determined to do everything we can to find" Miss Millane. He's pleased however to be able to give Grace back to her family.

Millane had been in New Zealand for two weeks, the UK's Press Association news agency reported.

A local woman, who Newstalk ZB agreed not to name, says she's seen a lot of police activity in the area this morning.

Millane, from Essex, was on a year-long round-the-world trip after graduating from university.

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

Millane's father David, a millionaire property developer, then flew to New Zealand early on Friday.

A 26-year-old man has been charged and police had been looking into the movements of a vehicle around the time Millane disappeared.

"Obviously, this brings the search for Grace to an end".

The 26-year-old is the same man who was questioned previously by police and was with Ms Millane at several places, including Sky City, before going to CityLife Hotel with her.

He said he could not confirm whether Miss Millane's body was at the site.

"This area was indentified late last night as a location of interest as a result of our investigative work", Auckland Detective Inspector Scott Beard told reporters near the scene late this afternoon.

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