The search for Grace Millane: A timeline

It's been just over a week since Grace Millane was last seen.

The week has been filled with official updates, emotional pleas and ever-growing international interest in the 22-year-old's welfare.

Sunday's tragic news that police found a body they believed to be Ms Millane's is the final chapter in a search that has gripped the world.

Nine days ago the Essex local's social media was full of her overseas adventures, which took her to South America before she came to New Zealand. 

Now her Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages are overflowing with tributes.

Grace Millane's final post to her Instagram account where she shared her art.
Grace Millane's final post to her Instagram account where she shared her art. Photo credit: Grace Millane / Instagram

Her community priest in Essex is among those mourning her untimely death.

"Her disappearance was bad enough, but this is very, very sad," said Father John Corbyn.

Saturday, December 1


On Saturday the young artist was seen by her roommates at Base Backpackers in downtown Auckland, just two weeks into her New Zealand experience.

Sunday, December 2


It was her 22nd birthday, but her family in England heard nothing from her. It was unusual and alarming behaviour.

Wednesday, December 5


The Millane family filed a missing persons report with police, and social media erupted with concern as well as claims of sightings.

The search for Grace Millane: A timeline
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A missing persons poster was shared around the world, and international media took notice of the search.

Thursday, December 6


NZ Police released a photo of Ms Millane taken outside SkyCity at around 7:15pm last Saturday night.

The search for Grace Millane: A timeline
Photo credit: NZ Police

Officers worked around the clock, reviewing CCTV footage from throughout the central city, but said they didn't yet have any evidence of foul play.

Her family were desperate to find her alive, issuing a plea to their missing daughter and sister.

"We're really worried about you Gracie," her brother Michael said in an interview with Newshub.

Friday, December 7


By Friday 25 officers were on the case, and a new sighting was confirmed of Ms Millane on Queen St on Saturday at 9:41pm.

She'd been seen at the CityLife Hotel with a male companion.

He was questioned and released, and a scene examination at the hotel began.

"It's been six days since Grace was last seen," Detective Inspector Scott Beard told media. "We hold grave fears for her safety."

It was a heartbreaking update delivered just as her father touched down from the UK.

Saturday, December 8


Police called for any sightings of Ms Millane's pink watch and necklace.

A vehicle of interest was secured.

Then there was a devastating development.

"Grace is no longer alive, and this is a murder investigation," Det Insp Beard said.

Just before 9pm that evening the 26-year-old male last seen with Ms Millane was charged with her murder.

Sunday, December 9


With international media arriving in the country, police began to investigate a location in the Waitākere Ranges - and a body was found.

It's been a gut-wrenching nine days that will be remembered, and felt, forever.

The court process begins tomorrow - the next chapter in the tragedy of Grace Millane.


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