Fa­ther ap­peals for news of miss­ing back­packer

i Newspaper - - NEWS - By El­lie Cullen

The fa­ther of a young Bri­tish back­packer miss­ing in New Zealand has flown to the other side of the world to make a tear­ful plea for in­for­ma­tion sur­round­ing her dis­ap­pear­ance.

David Mil­lane said his fam­ily was “ex­tremely con­cerned” for the wel­fare of his “fun-lov­ing” daugh­ter Grace Mil­lane, whose 22nd birth­day was on Sun­day, fol­low­ing her dis­ap­pear­ance nearly a week ago.

The tourist, 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 at the Citylife Ho­tel in Auck­land at 9.41pm on 1 De­cem­ber with a “male com­pan­ion”.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Scott Beard, of Auck­land City Po­lice, said of­fi­cers had iden­ti­fied and spo­ken to the “male com­pan­ion” last seen with Ms Mil­lane. He said of­fi­cers had also iden­ti­fied an apart­ment at the city cen­tre ho­tel as a lo­ca­tion of in­ter­est.

Mr Mil­lane ap­pealed for any­one who has come into con­tact with his daugh­ter over the past few days to come for­ward with “any de­tail, no mat­ter how small”.

LU­CIE BLACK­MAN TRUST/PA

Grace Mil­lane was on a round-the­world trip

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