Grace Millane: Police Search For British Tourist Missing in New Zealand

Frederick Owens
December 8, 2018

New Zealand police were searching on Thursday for a 22-year-old British tourist who has been missing for five days and failed to contact her parents on her birthday.

Grace Millane, 22, from Essex in England travelled to Auckland two weeks ago on her first solo travelling trip.

Millane's family sparked the investigation into her disappearance yesterday after they became alarmed when she didn't respond to birthday messages on Sunday.

They became anxious when she failed to reply to birthday messages on Sunday.

In the past 24 hours, police have been piecing together Grace's last known movements, who she has associated with and the circumstances of her disappearance.

Millane is said to have been in New Zealand for about two weeks, and was staying at a backpackers' hostel in Auckland city centre.

Michael said: "She just wanted to see the world after graduating from university".

He urged anyone who has seen Millane or knows her to contact police.

Police released a blurry image of Millane taken from a surveillance camera in which she is wearing a black dress and white sneakers.

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She has brown hair and brown eyes and is approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height, and 58 kg.

While she was travelling alone, Michael Millane said she had made a lot of friends.

"The longer this goes on the more concerning it is".

"There's been nothing (communication since Saturday) between her and her family, no", Mr Beard said.

"We've spoken to a number of people at the backpackers because she was in a room that at least four people were staying in".

Grace's father David Millane, 60, is flying out to New Zealand to help with the search.

Base Backpackers were approached by Stuffon Wednesday but declined to comment.

"We are providing consular support to the family in the UK, and working with the New Zealand Police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand", a spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office said in a statement.

Members of Grace's family have shared appeals for information on Facebook and more than 20 police are working on the case in Auckland.

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