Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police increasingly concerned for British backpacker missing in New Zealand

Police increasingly concerned for British backpacker missing in New Zealand

Grace Millane, 22, arrived in New Zealand about two weeks ago and has been in constant contact with her family via messaging service WhatsApp.

"It's important that anyone who recognises Grace from this photo or saw her on Saturday night contacts Police immediately on 09 302 6970".

Her family became concerned when she did not respond to birthday messages on Sunday, New Zealand Herald reported.

The missing girl's father is on his way to New Zealand to search for his daughter.

"Grace has been missing for 5 days", her brother Michael Millane posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

"It's really tough - not nice at all".

More than 20 police staff are on the case, he said.

"We are working with the family in the United Kingdom and New Zealand police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand". She is approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height and 58kg.

At this stage, Grace was last sighted around 7pm on Saturday December 1 on Victoria Street, Auckland CBD.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard, of Auckland City Police, said Ms Millane's father was on his way to New Zealand, and said her family were understandably "distraught".

"In the CCTV image Grace is seen wearing a black dress and white shoes, believed to be Converse shoes".

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It is also working with the New Zealand Police to find Grace, he said.

"Where she was standing, it was really freaky and she was by herself, nobody around just a girl on her own", she said. The last contact she had was with her roommate on Saturday morning, ' he said.

Beard said having him here would allow officers to get to know more about Grace Millane's background.

She could not remember if the young woman had bags with her or not or whether she saw the woman standing by the road on Friday or Monday afternoon.

'It was what she wanted - she wanted to see the world, ' Mr Millane said.

They became anxious when she failed to contact them on her birthday...

Ms Millane left the United Kingdom six weeks ago to travel the world after finishing university.

He added that she had travelled to Peru as part of an organised group for six weeks but had not travelled on her own until she arrived in New Zealand two weeks ago.

"This is particularly out of character, especially as it was her 22nd birthday on Sunday". She had recently changed her plans and booked to stay until December 8.

In another tweet the day before she went missing she said: 'I think travelling has changed me I just bought some blue jeans'.

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