Miss­ing woman’s fa­ther ap­peals for info

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL -

AUCK­LAND: Miss­ing Bri­tish back­packer Grace Mil­lane was last seen with a man, who has since been ques­tioned, po­lice say.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Scott Beard and Miss Mil­lane’s dis­traught fa­ther, David Mil­lane, spoke to me­dia yesterday af­ter­noon.

Det Insp Beard said po­lice held grave fears for the 22­yearold tourist’s safety, and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was pro­gress­ing rapidly.

The last known sight­ing of Miss Mil­lane was at 9.41pm on Satur­day at the City Life Ho­tel. She was with a man.

Po­lice had iden­ti­fied the man and he had been spo­ken to.

An apart­ment at the ho­tel was a place of in­ter­est and is the sub­ject of a scene ex­am­i­na­tion by po­lice.

Det Insp Beard ap­pealed for any­one who was at the City Life Ho­tel who could pro­vide in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘At present we have spo­ken to a per­son and we still have no ev­i­dence of foul play.’’

Mr Mil­lane, fight­ing back tears, strug­gled to speak as he de­scribed his ‘‘lovely, out­go­ing, fun­lov­ing, fam­ily­ori­ented daugh­ter’’.

‘‘Grace has never been out of con­tact for this long. She’s usu­ally in daily con­tact with her mother, my­self, her two broth­ers . . . and on so­cial me­dia.’’

He ap­pealed for peo­ple with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the po­lice. No de­tail was too small, Mr Mil­lane said.

He was last in con­tact with his daugh­ter on Satur­day.

More than 25 po­lice staff are work­ing on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter the young woman from Es­sex dis­ap­peared in Auck­land af­ter Satur­day night.

Det Insp Beard would not be drawn on whether Ms Mil­lane knew the man be­fore their meet­ing at the City Life Ho­tel.

Po­lice would con­tinue to go through CCTV footage over the week­end, he said. — NZME

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Search­ing for an­swers . . . David Mil­lane, the fa­ther of miss­ing Bri­tish woman Grace Mil­lane, ap­peals for in­for­ma­tion about his daugh­ter at a press con­fer­ence yesterday

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