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Police find shovel sought in Grace Millane murder investigation

A shovel that was the subject of a police appeal as part of the Grace Millane investigation has been found.

The item was recovered by detectives earlier today as a result of the continued examination of CCTV footage, Detective Inspector Scott Beard of Auckland City Police said this afternoon.

Police are looking for a shovel described as an Atlas Trade hardwood long handle round mouth shovel, pictured. Source: NZ Police

The shovel was located and seized in the central west Auckland area, he said.

Vigils were held for the slain British tourist in all the main centres on December 12. Source: Breakfast

Police thank members of the public who called the 0800 number with various sightings of similar items, Mr Beard said.

A 26-year-old Auckland man has been charged with the murder of Grace Millane, whose body was found in west Auckland bushland last weekend.

There have been vigils up and down the country honouring Grace’s life. Source: Seven Sharp

The British backpacker is remembered tonight in 10 separate vigils, from Auckland to Dunedin. Source: 1 NEWS

The 22-year-old English woman had arrived in New Zealand last month as part of a year-long world trip after graduating from university.

Grace Millane
Grace Millane Source: 1 NEWS