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

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

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

Grace Millane's current profile picture on Facebook was uploaded on November 29 - two days before she disappeared. She was spotted on CCTV at 5.30pm arriving at the Base Backpacker hostel in Auckland.

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.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said the lack of contact is out of character for Ms Millane, especially as it was her birthday on Sunday.

"The longer this goes on, the more worrying it is".

"We know some of her property was there (the backpackers) and we have that, but we don't exactly what she had so we don't know what she has on her or if there's anything missing", he said.

It is also working with the New Zealand Police to find Grace, he said. She is approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height and 58kg.

"It was what she wanted - she wanted to see the world", Michael said.

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'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.

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

"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".

Grace Millane had been in New Zealand for about two weeks.

Ms Millane's brother, Michael, said she had travelled to Peru as part of an organised group for six weeks but had not travelled on her own - until she arrived in New Zealand two weeks ago.

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

"There have been a few tips and we will be working through them".

A missing person report was received on Wednesday for the 22-year-old after her family had not heard from her for several days.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Grace on the night of Saturday 1 December or may have information on her whereabouts to contact Police on (09) 302 6970.

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