FEARS for the safety of a British backpacker who has not been seen for six days are ‘grave’, police have said.
Tourist Grace Millane is currently missing in New Zealand, where she has been for less than a fortnight as part of a round-the-world trip.
CCTV shows the 22-year-old was last seen at the Citylife Hotel in Auckland at 9.41pm on Saturday – but no one has heard from her since.
She was spotted with a male companion at the time, who has been identified and interviewed by New Zealand Police.
Holding back tears, Grace’s father David Millane has made an emotional appeal for help in finding her.
‘Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter,’ he said in a press conference.
‘She's usually in daily contact with either her mother, myself, her two brothers or members of the family on social media.’
He added: ‘She... has been bombarding us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures.
‘We are all extremely upset and it's very difficult at this time to fully describe the range of emotions we are going through.’
Mrs Millane, reported to be from Essex, arrived in New Zealand as part of her year-long travels on November 20, having previously visited Peru.
Police said more than 25 staff were working on the case and were trawling through hours of CCTV footage to trace her movements.
Detective inspector Scott Beard, of Auckland City Police, said: ‘We now have the last known sighting of Grace at 9.41pm at the Citylife Hotel, on Saturday, December 1 with a male companion.’
‘Police have identified this man and he has been spoken to.’
Mr Beard said officers had also identified an apartment at the city centre hotel as a location of interest.
‘It has now been six days since Grace was last seen,’ he added.
‘At this point, we hold grave fears for her safety.’
He said police ‘still have no evidence of foul play’.
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.’