Dad’s tear­ful plea for miss­ing Grace

Western Mail - - UK&WORLD NEWS - EL­LIE CULLEN news­[email protected]­line.co.uk

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, who turned 22 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 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 been miss­ing for seven days.

“We last had con­tact with her on > Satur­day, 1 De­cem­ber, and as a fam­ily we have been ex­tremely con­cerned for her wel­fare.

“Grace is a lovely, out­go­ing, funlov­ing, fam­ily-ori­en­tated daugh­ter. 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 mem­bers of the fam­ily 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 city­cen­tre ho­tel as a lo­ca­tion of in­ter­est.

“It has now been six days since Grace was last seen,” he added. “At this point, we hold grave fears for her safety.”

He added that they “still have no ev­i­dence of foul play”.

David Mil­lane ap­peals for in­for­ma­tion about the dis­ap­pear­ance of his daugh­ter Grace, right

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