Published: Fri, December 07, 2018

Father makes tearful plea for information about backpacker missing in New Zealand

Father makes tearful plea for information about backpacker missing in New Zealand

Grace Millane, 22, who is missing in New Zealand.

David Millane was met at the airport by police and will make a statement to media this afternoon at 4pm. "As a family we've been extremely concerned about her welfare".

Grace Millane, who turned 22 on Sunday, was last seen entering the CityLife hotel in Auckland at 9:41pm on Saturday 1 December.

Mr Beard said officers had also identified an apartment at the city centre hotel as a location of interest.

"We are conducting a scene examination at this address".

The police officer said the man is not in custody but is a person of interest in the case.

"We are all extremely upset, and it's very hard at this time to fully describe the range of emotions we are going through", he added.

He said that his daughter was never out of contact with...

Det Insp Scott Beard of the Auckland city police appealed for anyone who had been in or near the City Life Hotel at the time of Millane's disappearance to contact police.

"She's usually in daily contact with either her mother, myself, her two brothers, or members of the family on social media".

Mr Millane arrived in New Zealand on Friday morning and told reporters it was unusual for his daughter to be out of contact.

David Millane breaks down as he makes the appeal
David Millane breaks down as he makes the appeal

He added: "She has been bombarding us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures".

"We are all extremely upset and it's very hard at this time to fully describe the range of emotions we are going through".

Photo: Auckland City Police/PA Wire.

David Millane, father of missing English backpacker Grace Millane speaks at a press conference in Auckland.

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

"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.

He would not be drawn on whether Grace knew the man prior to their meeting at the hotel.

And police have reviewed hours and hours of CCTV footage.

Beard said there was no evidence of foul play at this stage and police were speaking with people at the backpackers Millane was staying at - including those she was with on Saturday night.

Her family raised the alarm two days later, after she stopped responding to their messages.

A missing person's report was officially filed on Wednesday according to Auckland City Police and there have been a number of unconfirmed sightings that have been reported. She is known to have made plans to travel after that to other parts of the country, followed by a trip to Australia. Grace started this travel journey in Peru in South America and was really looking forward to the second leg in New Zealand.


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