Ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion on back­packer miss­ing in NZ

Irish Examiner - - World News - El­lie Cullen

The fa­ther of a young Bri­tish back­packer miss­ing in New Zealand has flown there to plea for in­for­ma­tion sur­round­ing her dis­ap­pear­ance.

David Mil lane said his fam­ily was “ex­tremely con­cerned” for the wel­fare of his “fun-lov­ing” daugh­ter, Grace Mil­lane, who turned 22 on Sun­day. She dis­ap­peared nearly a week ago.

Grace, from Es­sex, was on a year-long, round-the-world trip and had been “bom­bard­ing” her loved-ones with mes­sages and pic­tures from her ad­ven­ture.

But they be­came con­cerned when con­tact with Ms Mil­lane went cold. She was last seen in Auck­land, at 9.41pm at the Citylife Ho­tel on De­cem­ber 1, with a “male com­pan­ion”.

Dur­ing an emo­tional press con­fer­ence in Auck­land, Mr Mil lane said :“Grace has been miss­ing for seven days.

“We last had con­tact with her on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, and, as a fam­ily, we have been ex­tremely con­cerned for her wel­fare.

“Grace is a lovely, out­go­ing, fun-lov­ing, fam­i­ly­ori­en­tated daugh­ter.

“Grace has never been out of con­tact for this amount of time.

“She’s usu­ally in daily con­tact with ei­ther her mother, my­self, her two broth­ers, or mem­bers of the fam­ily, on so­cial me­dia.”

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Scott Beard, of Auck­land City Po­lice, said of­fi­cers had iden­ti­fied and spo­ken to the “male com­pan­ion” last seen with Ms Mil­lane.

Mr Beard said of­fi­cers had also iden­ti­fied an apart­ment at the city cen­tre ho­tel as a lo­ca­tion of in­ter­est.

“At this point, we hold grave fears for her safety.”

He added that they “still have no ev­i­dence of foul play”.

Mr Mil­lane said it was un­usual for his daugh­ter to be out of con­tact. He added: “She has been bom­bard­ing us with nu­mer­ous pho­to­graphs and mes­sages of her ad­ven­tures. We are all ex­tremely up­set and it’s very dif­fi­cult, at this time, to fully de­scribe the range of emo­tions we are go­ing through.

“Fi­nally, I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ap­peal to any­body who has seen, spo­ken to, come into con­tact with, Grace over the last few days and come for­ward with any de­tail, no mat­ter how small.”

David Mil­lane: Fa­ther of miss­ing back­packer Grace Mil­lane.

Grace Mil­lane: Last seen in Auck­land on De­cem­ber 1.

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