United Kingdom backpacker Grace Millane missing in New Zealand: Father issues heartbreaking appeal

Blanche Robertson
December 7, 2018

Police said the missing person investigation was "progressing rapidly" and 20 police officers working overtime had tracked Millane entering the City Life Hotel on Queen street in central Auckland at 9.41pm on 1 December with a male companion. A search at a room at the hotel is underway.

The millionaire property developer, who was met by police when he flew into New Zealand at 7am today, was last in contact with his daughter on Saturday.

The tourist was on a year-long round-the-world trip and had been "bombarding" her loved ones with messages and pictures from her adventure.

"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.

"She's usually in daily contact with either her mother, myself, her two brothers, or members of the family on social media".

He added that Ms Millane had been in Peru in South America before arriving in New Zealand alone as part of a year of travelling.

"Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to anybody who has seen, spoken to, come into contact with Grace over the last few days and come forward with any detail, no matter how small". "We're all extremely upset and it's hard to describe the wave of emotions we're going through".

More than 25 police staff were working on the investigation after the young woman from Essex disappeared in Auckland after Saturday night.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard will also update media on the investigation at this time, says a police spokesperson.

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Mr Millane urged anybody who had seen or spoken to his daughter over the past week to contact police.

"We are all extremely upset, and it's very hard at this time to fully describe the range of emotions we are going through", he added.

"Grace has never been out of contact for this amount of time".

Beard said it was understood Grace had a New Zealand and an English cellphone.

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

Police would continue to go through CCTV footage over the weekend, he said.

Prior to starting her OE, Millane graduated from the University of Lincoln in September with a Bachelor of Advertising and Marketing.

In response to questions, Beard said she could have more cellphones.

Beard said there was no evidence of foul play at this stage and police were speaking with people at the backpackers Millane was staying at - including those she was with on Saturday night.

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