Desperate search for missing British tourist after 'constant contact' with family stops

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 7, 2018

Ms Millane was last seen at 9.41pm on Saturday 1 December at the central Auckland hotel and police have spoken to the man she was with. A search at a room at the hotel is underway.

David Millane, father of missing English backpacker Grace Millane speaks at a press conference in Auckland. She arrived here on November 20 and has bombarded us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures.

"We last had contact with her on Saturday December 1, and as a family we have been extremely concerned for her welfare."Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter". Grace has never been out of contact for this amount of time and is usually in daily contact with either her mother, myself or her two brothers.

Beard warned: "At this point, we hold grave fears for her safety", adding "the longer this goes on the more concerning it is".

"It has now been six days since Grace was last seen", Beard said.

"We are all extremely upset and it is very hard at this time to explain the range of emotions we are going through".

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

Police had identified and questioned the man entering the hotel with Millane, and he remained "a person of interest" but had not been taken into custody.

"It's important that anyone who recognises Grace from this photo or saw her on Saturday night contacts Police immediately on 09 302 6970", read the post shared on their Facebook page.

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David Millane, 60, has flown to the other side of the world as officers investigate her disappearance, urging anyone who has any information about his "fun-loving, family-orientated" daughter to come forward.

Prayers will be said for Miss Millane at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Wickford, where she lives with her family, over the weekend.

They added they have "grave fears for her safety".

And police have reviewed hours and hours of CCTV footage.

Her brother Michael told the Herald she was six weeks into a year-long overseas adventure.

The advertising graduate and artist was travelling on her own for the first time.

A month ago she hiked with the group to the Inca citadel Machu Picchu in Peru.

"She had spent some time in the Bay of Islands, she's doing her OE so she's going to go to the tourist destinations and she's done that", Mr Beard said.

Mr Beard said police found some of Ms Millane's items at the backpackers she was staying at in the Auckland CBD but wouldn't divulge what the contents were.

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