Police investigating the killing of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand have found a shovel thought to be connected to her death.
Officials had invited members of the public to phone in to an 0800 number if they had seen any similar tools.
Yet the long-handled shovel was discovered, Detective Inspector Scott Beard announced on Thursday, after continuous examination of CCTV footage.
Police, who are still piecing together a timeline of events, have not revealed how the item may be connected to the killing of Ms Millane, who disappeared on December 1st.
They had initially feared that it might have been picked-up by a passerby. The tool, described as an Atlas Trade Hardwood Long Handle Round Mouth Shovel, was eventually discovered in central west Auckland area.
On Saturday Jesse Kempson, 26, was charged with Ms Millane’s murder.
The backpacker was last seen in the company of a man at CityLife Hotel in Auckland, not far from the hostel she was staying in, which was on the same road were Mr Kempson lived.
The finding of the shovel comes the day after Ms Millane’s body was formally identified.
Her family, who arrived in New Zealand this week, plan to return to Essex this weekend to bury her near their home.