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'Your Daughter Was Supposed to Be Safe Here'

New Zealand leader addresses family of murdered tourist
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2018 11:05 AM CST
In this Aug. 16, 2017, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is seen in Christchurch, New Zealand.   (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

(Newser) – New Zealand's prime minister made an emotional apology Monday to the family of a British tourist who was murdered in New Zealand. Grace Millane, 22, graduated from college and then started in Peru what was supposed to be a yearlong trip around the world. She traveled from there to New Zealand on Nov. 20, but she disappeared on Dec. 1; her family became concerned when they didn't hear from her on her birthday the following day. A week after she was last seen, police detained a 26-year-old man believed to have been seen with Millane on Dec. 1; he has since been charged with murder. On Sunday, authorities found a body they believe to be Millane. "Your daughter was supposed to be safe here," Jacinda Ardern said during a post-Cabinet address, per ABC.net.

"From the Kiwis I have spoken to, there is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that prides itself on our hospitality, on our manakitanga," she continued, using a word referring to kindness, generosity, support, and respect, "especially to those who are visiting our shores." Millane's father traveled to New Zealand last week to assist with the search. News.com.au has a detailed timeline of Grace Millane's time in New Zealand; she was last seen on surveillance footage on Dec. 1 spending time with a man and ultimately entering a hotel with him around 9:40pm. She had told friends at her hostel that she was meeting up with a friend. Police believe a car that was rented on the morning of Dec. 2. was used to transport her body to a forested area. (A security guard is suspected in the murder of a US tourist in Costa Rica.)

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