A 32-year-old Hamilton man has been charged with kidnapping Rae Portman and more charges are likely to follow, police say.
Portman, 33, has been missing since June 20 when she was last seen at the Mt Albert Motor Lodge in Auckland.
Police recently upgraded the case to a homicide.
The man was charged with her kidnapping yesterday and will appear in the Papakura District Court this morning.
Detective Inspector Mark Gutry said more charges are likely to follow.
Gutry said the man had been a "person of interest" in the case for some time and was arrested "as the result of ongoing investigative work".
He said police needed the public's continued support and asked anyone with information on Portman to contact Counties Manukau police or call 0800 RAE PORTMAN.
"We want to find Rae's body and bring her home to her family and friends," he said.
Portman's mother Rebecca Norton revealed earlier this month that her daughter was four months pregnant when she disappeared.
Before going missing from the motor lodge, Portman - known as "Bok" - dropped off her car at a mechanic.
After her family reported her missing on July 2 and made online appeals for information, her car was returned to her friend Kristina Le Noel.
Le Noel was later charged with stealing the car after allegedly selling it without the Portman family's permission.
Three other people have been arrested as police have traced Portman's whereabouts.
Brendon Wilson and Dean Addison are facing drugs charges, and Voi Marie King is accused of assaulting Portman.
None of the charges related directly to her disappearance.
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