Fa­ther’s tears over miss­ing back­packer


South Wales Evening Post - - WORLD -

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

David Mil­lane said his fam­ily were con­cerned for the wel­fare of his “fun-lov­ing” daugh­ter Grace Mil­lane, who turned 22 on Sun­day, fol­low­ing her dis­ap­pear­ance nearly a week ago.

The tourist, from Es­sex, was on a roundthe-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 Mil­lane said: “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 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 ho­tel as a lo­ca­tion of in­ter­est.

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