A body has been found by detectives searching for British backpacker Grace Millane near Auckland.
Det Insp Beard said investigators had "located a body which we believe to be Grace".
The 22-year-old from Wickford in Essex had not been seen since last Saturday.
"The formal identification process will now take place, however based on the evidence we have gathered over the past few days we expect that this is Grace," said Mr Beard at a press conference near the scene.
"Obviously this brings the search for Grace to an end. It is an unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them."
Ms Millane’s brother, Declan, posted an emotional tribute to his sister on Instagram, writing "you are my sunshine, my only sunshine" underneath pictures of the pair together.