December 14, 2018

Missing tourist: 'The longer this goes on, the more worrying it is'

08 December 2018, 04:13 | Darnell Patrick

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

City Police of Briton Grace Millane 22 who is missing in New Zealand. PRESS ASSOCIATION

Grace Millane, 22, from Billericay, Essex, was travelling alone when she vanished on Saturday.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard this afternoon said her disappearance was "out of character", after her family in the United Kingdom raised the alarm on Monday.

She maintained regular contact with her family and friends, but vanished from a "party hostel" the day before her birthday.

Grace Millane, 22, from Wickford, travelled to Auckland two weeks ago but alarms bells rang when she failed to respond to birthday well-wishes on Sunday.

"She has not been back to her hostel room since [December 1]", her brother Michael Millane said.

Relatives have shared appeals for information on Facebook, and DI Beard said more than 20 investigators were combing through CCTV footage to track Ms Millane's last movements after a number of unconfirmed sightings had been reported.

She was last seen in Auckland.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen her or who knows where she is to get in touch.

The young tourist had been staying at Base Backpackers on Auckland's Queen St.

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Various sightings have her wearing either black top, blues jeans and red sneakers, or a black dress with white shoes.

He said Grace is approximately five foot six inches and 58kg with brown hair and brown eyes.

Her older brother said it was completely out of character for her not to be in contact with her family.

Her father left England Wednesday evening (UK time) and was due to arrive in New Zealand on Friday.

Her family said she had then meant to go to Australia.

"We are unable to make further comment while police are investigating the matter".

The family put the call out there because they were anxious for her safety and wanted "to make sure she's alright".

She had paid up to stay at Base Backpackers until December 8. He said they were waiting for the British banks to update them on when Grace Millane's credit cards were last used.

"It is a really hard situation for the family at the moment", he said.

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