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‘Don’t take my sunshine away’: Brother’s tribute to Grace Millane

The brother of British backpacker Grace Millane has posted an emotional tribute to his sister after police revealed they had found a body.

Declan Millane uploaded pictures of the two of them with the words to You Are My Sunshine.

Police in New Zealand revealed on Sunday they had found a body which they believe to be Grace in woodland on the outskirts of Auckland.

Officers had earlier identified a countryside road on the outskirts of Auckland as a "location of interest".

Scenic Drive is roughly 15 miles from the CityLife hotel where Ms Millane was last seen on 1 December.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said the body was found in a bush about 10 metres off the road during a scene examination.

He told reporters on Sunday: "A short time ago we located a body that we believe to be Grace.

Image: Her father says Grace was a 'lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter'. Pic: Facebook

"Based on the evidence we have gathered in the past few days we expect that this is Grace.

"This is an unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them."

He added that Ms Millane's family had been informed.

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.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 09: The scene where the body of British tourist Grace Millane has been found by New Zealand police in the Waitakere Ranges on December 09, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. Police have been investigating the disappearance of 22-year-old British woman Grace Millane after she was last seen on Saturday December 1 in Auckland. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
Image: The body was found near a beauty spot on the outskirts of Auckland

The car was rented in central Auckland on Sunday.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with murder and will appear at Auckland District Court on Monday.

Ms Millane, from Wickford in Essex, graduated from the University of Lincoln in September and was on a year-long around-the-world trip.

She arrived in New Zealand from Peru on 20 November.

Detectives in New Zealand investigating the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane have found a body.
Image: Grace Millane was travelling around the world for a year

The graduate was last seen with a "male companion" at a hotel in Auckland at 9:41pm on Saturday 1 December.

Her father David has described her as a "lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter" who had been in regular contact before she disappeared.

Ms Millane is known to have used the Tinder dating app while she was in New Zealand.

Police said there was no suggestion Ms Millane previously knew the man she was seen entering the hotel with, but would not speculate on how they met.

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Grace Millane was last seen at the CityLife hotel in Auckland
Image: Grace Millane was last seen at the CityLife hotel in Auckland

She was staying at the Base Backpackers hostel in central Auckland before she went missing.

Investigators announced on Friday they were treating Ms Millane's disappearance as murder, having previously expressed "grave fears" for her safety.

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