Father appeals for news of missing backpacker
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”.
Grace Millane was on a round-theworld trip