Police in New Zealand are urging any members the public who may have information relating to the disappearance of British backpacker Grace Millane to come forward, as her family launch a desperate appeal for news of her whereabouts.
22-year-old Grace Millane was last seen on Saturday night (December 1) in Auckland’s Central Business District. Since then she has not returned to her room at the Base Backpackers hostel in Auckland, and has had no contact with concerned family members in that time.
Police have said that there is no evidence of foul play in the backpacker’s disappearance, but six days after Grace Millane was last seen concerns are growing for her wellbeing.
No Reply To Birthday Messages
Sunday was Grace’s 22nd birthday, but she has not responded to any birthday messages and according to her brother Michael, the family last spoke with Grace on Thursday.
He told reporters that Grace’s failure to keep in contact with her family is extremely out of character for his sister, and that the family would usually text or chat with Grace every day during her solo travels.
Police have released a CCTV image of Grace, taken at 7.15pm Saturday evening, at the Sky City casino and entertainment complex in Auckland. At the time the image was captured Grace was wearing a black dress and white canvas shoes.
Police Urge Public’s Support In Locating Missing Backpacker
Since then there have been a number of unconfirmed sightings and police are now working to piece together Grace’s possible movements from CCTV footage and her social media profiles.
New Zealand police request that anyone who may have information that could help locate the missing backpacker come forward, “It’s important that anyone who recognises Grace from this photo or saw her on Saturday night contacts police immediately on 09 302 6970.”
Family Pray For Safe Return Of Essex Artist
Essex-native Grace Millane graduated from the University of Lincoln last September with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. A gifted artist, she had previously traveled in South America with other travelers as part of an organized tour group. New Zealand is her first large-scale solo trip and she had been in the country for appropriate two weeks before her disappearance.
The British High Commission in Wellington is providing consular support to Grace Millane’s family, and British diplomats are assisting police in New Zealand and the UK.
Grace Millane’s father is set to arrive in Auckland on Thursday to assist in the search.