Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

British backpacker Grace Millane vanishes in New Zealand on gap year

British backpacker Grace Millane vanishes in New Zealand on gap year

The family of a young British backpacker who vanished almost a week ago in New Zealand yesterday made a desperate plea for information about her whereabouts.

Her brother was not sure of her travel plans in New Zealand, but he knew she had a flexible itinerary booked to travel around most of the country.

Her older brother Michael Millane says police have found CCTV footage of her returning to her Auckland hostel on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, her father had made a decision to fly to Auckland from Essex, in southeast England, on Wednesday night (England time) and was due to arrive in New Zealand on Friday.

He revealed she had been in South America six sex week ago, before going to New Zealand two weeks ago.

She has not returned to her Auckland hostel in several days.

The missing girl's father is on his way to New Zealand to search for his daughter.

Michael Millane said calls to his sister's mobile were going straight through to voicemail.

She had been in nearly daily contact with her family through social media and WhatsApp messages.

During that time she had been in touch with her family daily through WhatsApp.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: 'We are in contact with New Zealand police and providing consular support after a British woman was reported missing in Auckland'.

Base Backpackers is located on Queen St in Auckland's CBD.

"Grace is a 22-year-old European woman with brown hair and brown eyes". She's approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height, and 58kg.

Tony McLeod, consular manager at the British High Commission in Wellington, said the commission were providing consular assistance to the family back in the UK.

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

Various sightings of Millane have her last wearing a black top, blue jeans and red sneakers.

Declan Millane said a few people had reached out to the family with potential sightings.

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

He said she was "very independent" but added that she "always let us know where she was and what she planned on doing next".

"We are working with the family in the United Kingdom and New Zealand Police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand", he said.

Her family contacted police when she failed to respond to messages the following day, her 22nd birthday.

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