The father of a British backpacker killed today in New Zealand took part in a traditional Maori blessing where her body was found.
Grace Millane, 22, was found dead on Sunday on the outskirts of Auckland after a search of a week.
Her father David, who flew from Essex to the country after she was missing on December 1, took part in the blessing with his brother and members of the New Zealand police.
Jesse Kempson, 26, has been accused of murdering Miss Millane. He appeared on Monday in the court in Auckland without submitting a plea.
Yesterday, one of Kempton's former housemates in the city labeled him as a "fantast and a liar". he made his female housemates so uncomfortable that he was asked to leave after only six weeks.
And today a former softball teammate told Daily Mail Australia on condition of anonymity that Kempson & creepy & # 39; was towards girls – especially younger ones.
Kempson's former team-mate said the two could not find each other and that he was trying to spend time with him.
& # 39; He was a different kind of character, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; He was creepy towards girls. His life revolved around girls … He always tried to get younger girls … he was very quiet around the boys. & # 39;
The former teammate of Kempson even admitted that he and some others felt compelled to intervene when the suspect-killer tried to stir up a relationship with a woman and warned her to spend time with him.
It also emerged that Kempson would meet another woman on a Tinder date the night Miss Millane disappeared – but she canceled it because she was busy.
Last night, the friend Maddie Hopper from Miss Millane paid tribute to a moving Facebook post and wrote: "She was one of the most sincere people I was lucky enough to know. Everyone who has met her knows how sweet and kind she was. & # 39;
The father (today) of a British backpacker murdered in New Zealand today took part in a traditional Maori blessing where her body was found
Defendant: Jesse Kempson, seen here in his Facebook profile image (left), and playing softball in 2010 (right), was charged with pre-trial detention for Grace Millane's murder
Charged: Kempson, 26, is pictured here next to a policeman on his way to court on Monday, in an image that is obscured in accordance with the New Zealand law
Mrs. Millane was traveling through New Zealand when she disappeared on December 1st. Her body was found more than a week later, on Sunday morning
Last night, the friend Maddie Hopper of Miss Millane (right at Miss Millane) paid tribute to a moving Facebook posting, in which she wrote: "She was one of the most sincere people I was lucky enough to know. Everyone who has met her knows how sweet she was & # 39;
According to the Sun, Kempson, a father-of-someone who had spent time in Sydney, Australia, was a frequent Tinder user and he & # 39; had a number of British backpackers & # 39; dated.
Friends told the newspaper that he had received cash from his grandparents to move to the CityHotel in Auckland and waste his money on suits and watches to take pictures of the app.
His former Auckland roommate, who asked not to be identified, said she was ill when she heard of the accused man's identity.
"It almost made me sick," said the woman, who now lives in London. & # 39; I remembered it right away when we all shared a flat in Auckland in 2016.
& # 39; He was a dreamer and a liar. I received him a lot and it made us unhappy that he was at home with us. & # 39;
The 23-year-old woman said that Kempson arrived at their flat in Auckland after responding to an ad with a flat share and paid the first month rent in advance as required.
"He told us that his parents were great at buying houses and restaurants in Australia and we believed him," she said.
& # 39; But then he told us later that he was negotiating to buy a restaurant at The Viaduct in Auckland. But I knew that had to be a lie.
& # 39; The restaurant is owned by my family and I knew my family member was not selling. & # 39;
& # 39; Beautiful & Radiant & # 39 ;: Kempson, with his first and middle name on Facebook, described Ms. Millane as "beautiful and very radiant", several hours before she disappeared
The body of Grace, 22, pictured to the right with her family, was discovered on Sunday afternoon when the police arrested a 26-year-old suspect about the crime
The remains of Mrs. Millane were found about ten meters from the road. Pictured: Sunday morning a forensic officer on the scene
The roommate said that this and the other two women startled and they felt more uncomfortable when Kempson would drink heavily, although he was never aggressive or made any sexual advances to them.
"His chest would come out and he would be brash. His character would change completely and he would speak with a different voice. & # 39;
The three women, who had not asked for references before they had welcomed him in the flat, said after being asked to leave, Kempson said his mother had died and he had to return to Australia anyway.
& Later, we found out that she was still alive and he stayed in Auckland. He left without paying a rent of a month that he owed us. And two days later he returned to the flat while we were gone. & # 39;
The woman said that a greater shock came when she visited her family restaurant and found Kempson there.
"He worked like a bartender and I could see that he was a dreamer who built his life on small connections he made.
& # 39; By working in my family member's restaurant, he had created this story about buying for his family. But he just lied.
& # 39; When he saw me, he just walked away and no one heard from him. I feel sorry for Grace. I got sick this morning when I heard it. & # 39;
Creepy: Millane's last Instagram post was a horrible watercolor of a multicolored skull
The post was caption & # 39; Two can keep a secret, if one of them is dead & # 39; and was only uploaded a few weeks before she went missing
Meanwhile, Detective Scott Beard went into speculation about the case on Monday and said that the body of the University of Lincoln & # 39; intact & # 39; turned out to be and the officers were looking for a long-shovel kick.
He said: & # 39; At this point we do not know where this item is.
& # 39; It can be anywhere between the Scenic Drive and the central areas of Auckland.
& # 39; Someone may have come across it, picked it up and taken it home. We have to talk to that person or to someone who has seen it. & # 39;
According to agents, they have & # 39; hundreds & # 39; receive phone calls about the matter and try to identify a timeline with events.
Family statements and Facebook messages both suggest that the man had problems, had a mental illness and was isolated from his relatives.
On October 29 Kempson wrote a Facebook status in which he reflected on & # 39; bad decisions & # 39; he had taken, some of which had a big influence on others.
"I have thought a lot over time and reduced the cause of all this, and with that being said, I believe you all deserve to know," he wrote.
& # 39; My clear arrogance and selfishness [sic] has really influenced the relationship I have with people in my personal life.
I recently diagnosed severe anxiety and currently use medication to keep this under control.
& # 39; If I want to put all of that aside, I just want someone I've hurt or hurt to know that I'm really sorry from the bottom of my heart. & # 39;
Speaking to MailOnline when the 26-year-old father-of-one appeared in court, his grandmother described him as & # 39; a very confused young man & # 39 ;.
Kempson's family revealed that he was partially raised by his grandparents after his parents broke up when he was a young child and that he lived with his mother in Sydney as a teenager.
"He was a nice boy, but he fell off with everyone, what happens to broken marriages," his grandfather told Stuff.co.nz.
Kempson had become estranged from his family in recent years, where his father told Stuff that he had not spoken to his son for two years because of "a difference in opinion about life & # 39;
The 26-year-old has reportedly been in Sydney, Australia for a number of years, and his grandparents said he had conceived a daughter in Australia, but that he had no relationship with the mother.
It comes as it was revealed earlier today that Grace Millane posted a hair-raising last photo of one of her works of art with a reference to death, a few weeks before her New Zealand murder.
The scene in which Mrs Millane's body was found by the New Zealand police in the Waitakere Ranges outside of Auckland
Last seen: Ms. Millane is seen on 1 December for finding her body at three locations in the center of Auckland
The backpacker, 22, from Essex, placed a picture on her Instagram account of a watercolor human skull with the caption: "Two can keep a secret, if one of them is dead, & # 39 ;.
The quote is a reference to the special issue of the popular TV show Pretty Little Liars, which follows the lives of four girls after their friend disappears.
A few weeks after uploading the cryptic social media, Grace left her hotel in Auckland and was found dead in the countryside outside the city on Sunday.
Grace, an enthusiastic artist who has studied advertising, placed the picture on her Art by Millane page – and has since received thousands of likes and shares.
Kempson appeared in court Monday morning in Auckland for murder on 1-2 December.
According to New Zealand news site Stuff.nz, Kempson would meet another woman on a Tinder date on the night that Millane disappeared.
The 30-year-old woman said she had made friends with the suspect of the dating app murder and had arranged to meet him for a drink.
& # 39; I am pretty upset, & # 39; said the woman, "it was clear that angels were watching over me.
At that moment, it was just legitimate completely normal. The only strange thing I thought about him was that he asked me for photos of the feet and of me with my high heels. & # 39;
She said she canceled her plans to meet him on the night of Millane's disappearance because she was busy. But she kept messaging until Thursday last week when he suddenly stopped.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, made an emotional apology to Grace's family on behalf of the country.
An emotional New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on behalf of her country to Grace's family
She turned to Mrs Millane's family and said: "I can not imagine the grief of her family and what they would now experience and feel.
My thoughts and prayers are with her father David, who is in the country, her mother Gillian, who can not be here, and her wider family, friends and loved ones.
From the Kiwis I have spoken, there is this overwhelming sense of pain and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that is proud of our hospitality, on our manaakitanga [a Maori term meaning kindness and generosity] especially for those who visit our shores. & # 39;
Her voice sounded like emotion, the prime minister added: "So on behalf of New Zealand, I want to apologize to Grace's family. Your daughter should have been safe here, and she was not, and I'm sorry. & # 39;
It remains unclear how the suspect and Mrs Millane met or what the possible motive for the murder might be.
The police took Kempson into custody earlier this week and accused him of the murder of Millane.
David Millane, Grace's father of the property developer, broke into tears while begging for help in finding his backpacker after she disappeared in New Zealand days before her body was found
The suspect can not currently be named in New Zealand or on social media as a result of a court order, reported the New Zealand Herald.
Detective inspector Scott Beard said that the body of Millane was found at Scenic Drive, which runs through the Waitakere Ranges, a popular park west of Auckland.
She was discovered about ten meters from the side of the road, hidden in the bushland, where her body was probably taken in a rented red Toyota Corolla.
The red Toyota was then re-let to persons who were not related to the investigation and eventually it was confiscated by the police, about 190 kilometers from Auckland, in the small tourist town of Taupo.
TIMELINE OF THE DISAPPEARANCE AND SUSPECTED MURDER OF BACKPACKER GRACE MILLANE
November 20: Grace Millane arrives from Peru in New Zealand. She had almost daily contact with her family.
November 30: Ms. Millane places her last tweet and says: & # 39; I think that traveling has changed me. I just brought a pair of jeans. & # 39;
December 1: Mrs. Millane can be seen on CCTV and leaves a hotel in Auckland at 7.15 pm. Jesse Kempson describes Mrs. Millane as' beautiful and very radiant & # 39; in a comment on a Facebook photo at 21.29 hours. She can be seen at the CityLife Hotel in Auckland, with a male companion & # 39; at 9.40 pm.
December 2: The birthday of the 22-year-old. Her family does not hear from her, which is unusual behavior. Just before noon a red Toyota Corolla is hired at a central car rental company in Auckland.
3 December: The Toyota Corolla is returned and eventually re-rented to persons who are not related to the investigation
December 5: Her concerned family file a report about missing persons and pictured on Ms. Millane are shared online.
December 7th: The police said they had received dozens of calls at a hotline and that more than 25 staff members were working on the case and searching CCTV footage for hours to track its movements. After her arrival in Auckland her father, David Millane, makes an emotional plea for help in finding his daughter. The police reveals that they have spoken to the male companion and that he is a person of interest. The man was not taken into custody and the police said there was no evidence of foul play.
December 8: A 26-year-old man is taken into custody by the police at a central address in Auckland. The red Toyota is located in the city of Taupo
December 9: Police announces that they are looking for an area on Scenic Drive, near the Waitakere reservoir. Shortly after 16:00 local time (3 hours GMT), the police finds a body that is assumed to be Mrs. Millane in the vegetation at about ten meters from the road. A 26-year-old man is accused of her murder.
December 10: Jesse Kempson, 26, appears before the court in Auckland. He does not make a plea.
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