Emo­tional ap­peal for ‘fun-lov­ing’ Grace, 22

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THE dad of a Bri­tish back­packer miss­ing in New Zealand has made a tear­ful ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion af­ter fly­ing out to find her.

David Mil­lane said his daugh­ter Grace, 22, had “bom­barded” her fam­ily with up­dates and pic­tures from her trav­els un­til the mes­sages sud­denly stopped last Satur­day.

He said: “Grace has never been out of con­tact for this amount of time.”

Mr Mil­lane, 60, landed in New Zealand yesterday af­ter BY AMY-CLARE MARTIN trav­el­ling from the fam­ily home in Wick­ford, Es­sex.

At a press con­fer­ence, he de­scribed his daugh­ter as “lovely, out­go­ing, fun-lov­ing, and fam­ily-ori­en­tated”.

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

“We are all ex­tremely up­set and it is very dif­fi­cult at this time to fully de­scribe the range of emo­tions we are all go­ing through.” Grace, who is on a year-long around-the-world trip, ar­rived in New Zealand on Novem­ber 20 from Peru.

Det Insp Scott Beard, of New Zealand Po­lice, said of­fi­cers had spo­ken to a male she was last seen with at Auck­land’s CityLife ho­tel.

He said po­lice “hold grave fears for her safety” but “have no ev­i­dence of foul play”.

A spokesman for the For­eign Of­fice said: “We are pro­vid­ing con­sular sup­port to the fam­ily in the UK, and work­ing with the New Zealand Po­lice.”

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