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13 December 2018, 17:05
Police in New Zealand investigating the death of Grace Millane from Essex, say a shovel that they've been looking for as part of their enquiries has been found.
22 year old Grace from Wickford disappeared in Aukland on the 1st December. Her body was found just over a week later.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard, Auckland City Police said:
"A shovel that was the subject of a Police appeal in relation to the Grace Millane investigation has been located.
The item was recovered by Detectives earlier today, as a result of the continued examination of CCTV footage.
It was located and seized in the central west Auckland area."
The last confirmed sighting of Ms Millane was at 9.41pm on December 1, the day before her birthday, at the Citylife Hotel, when she was seen with a "male companion".
Police initially launched a missing person inquiry for the University of Lincoln graduate after her parents became concerned that she did not reply to birthday wishes sent on December 2.
A week later, on December 8, police said they were treating the case as a homicide investigation and a day later a body was found in the Waitakere Ranges 10 metres away from the road.
A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with Ms Millane's murder.