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

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2018

Police searching for a missing British backpacker in New Zealand have released a CCTV image of the last-known sighting of her.

Her family in the United Kingdom raised the alarm on Monday and Detective Inspector Scott Beard said her disappearance was "out of character".

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

Police confirmed a missing person's report was filed today for Millane. "Please share and contact if you have any information regarding her whereabouts".

Detective Inspector Beard said Mr Millane is expected to arrive on Friday, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The witness said the young woman, who she believes to have been Millane, did not have her arm out with her thumb stuck up in the air like a hitchhiker.

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

She had flown to New Zealand on her own from South America, where she had travelled with friends for a month.

There are more than 20 staff working on her case, he added.

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

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

She is about 5ft 6in tall with brown hair and brown eyes.

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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.

Base Backpackers declined to comment to the Herald on Wednesday.

He said they had been in contact with the British High Commission in Wellington.

"We are working closely with her family at this time and a number of police staff are now working on this matter".

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: 'We are providing consular support to the family in the United Kingdom, and working with the New Zealand police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand'.

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