NEWS
06/12/2018 08:01 GMT | Updated 06/12/2018 10:14 GMT

Grace Millane: Police Search For British Tourist Missing in New Zealand

Family alerted police after Millane failed to contact them for five days.

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a British woman who went missing in New Zealand the day before her 22nd birthday.

Detectives are investigating the disappearance of Grace Millane, who was last pictured at an entertainment complex on Saturday night.

The University of Lincoln graduate, from Billericay in Essex, has not been in contact with her family for several days, including on her birthday on Sunday.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard, of Auckland City Police, said Millane’s father was on his way to New Zealand, and said her family were understandably “distraught”.

“Clearly this is a very stressful time for Grace’s family and the longer she remains missing, the more our concern grows for her safety and wellbeing,” he said.

Millane is said to have been in New Zealand for about two weeks, and was staying at a backpackers’ hostel in Auckland city centre.

Police have released a CCTV image of the last known sighting of her at 7.15pm on Saturday at entertainment complex Sky City.

A number of unconfirmed sightings have been reported to detectives.

Members of Millane’s family have shared appeals for information on Facebook, and Beard said more than 20 staff were working on the case.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “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.”