Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

New Zealand police hold 'grave fears' for British tourist

New Zealand police hold 'grave fears' for British tourist

"Her family member is coming out - obviously, they're distraught".

Mr Millane said his daughter was on a yearlong trip overseas that began in Peru.

Ms Millane, who completed a degree in advertising and marketing at Lincoln University, was on a yearlong trip and arrived in New Zealand on November 20 after a four-week group tour to Peru. Photo: Auckland City Police/PA Wire.

She had booked to stay at the Base Backpackers hostel in central Auckland until 8 December.

The police officer said the man is not in custody but is a person of interest in the case.

The next day was her birthday, and when she failed to contact parents David and Gillian at home in Billericay, Essex, the family raised the alarm.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said her disappearance was "out of character". At this point, we hold grave fears for her safety.

But, he added that they "still have no evidence of foul play".

Police yesterday released a new photograph showing the last known sighting of Millane.

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"Police have identified this man and he has been spoken to".

They said it was likely she would have gone to the Future Club on the other side of the hotel as that's where a lot of young people go.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We are providing consular support to the family in the United Kingdom, and working with the New Zealand Police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand".

"Clearly this is a very stressful time for Grace's family and the longer she remains missing, the more our concern grows for her safety and wellbeing", said Detective Inspector Scott Beard, of Auckland City Police.

"We are all extremely upset and it is very hard at this time to fully describe the range of emotions we are all going through". 'A large part of that focus has been around CCTV footage around Auckland'.

Beard added that the 26-year-old man, who had been seen with Millane at several places, is "currently speaking to us in relation to the murder of Grace Millane".

Since she was first reported missing on Wednesday, we have made multiple enquiries as we continue the search for Grace.

CCTV image issued by Auckland City Police of Briton Grace Millane, 22, at the Sky City centre in Auckland on Saturday evening.

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