'Completely out of character' - Search for Grace Millane continues

Leroy Wright
December 8, 2018

POLICE have released a CCTV image of a British backpacker who has gone missing in New Zealand after growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

She had previously been in "constant contact" with her family using messaging service 'WhatsApp'.

Grace Millane, 22, from Wickford, travelled to Auckland two weeks ago but alarms bells rang when she failed to respond to birthday well-wishes on Sunday.

Her family said it was "completely out of character" for Ms Millane to go silent as they would speak with her most days, the BBC reported.

Ms Millane's roommates at Base Backpackers Hostel said they law saw her on Saturday. "Please share and contact if you have any information regarding her whereabouts".

She was last seen on Saturday about 7.15pm around SkyCity.

"We tried ringing up the hostel, which is the Base Backpackers in Auckland, which were very helpful trying to track her down", her brother said.

"In the CCTV image Grace is seen wearing a black dress and white shoes, believed to be Converse shoes".

Prior to that she had been part of an organised group heading through South America for six weeks.

CCTV footage shows Grace Millane at Sky City on December 1 wearing a black dress and white shoes
NZ POLICECCTV footage shows Grace Millane at Sky City on December 1 wearing a black dress and white shoes

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

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

Ms Millane's brother Michael said: "We are really, really anxious and concerned about Grace".

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Beard said Millane's father was on his way to New Zealand.

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

While she was travelling alone, Michael Millane said she had made a lot of friends.

"We are providing consular support to the family in the UK, and working with the New Zealand Police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand", a spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office said in a statement.

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