Appeal for information on backpacker missing in NZ
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.