Family appealing for information after English backpacker goes missing in Auckland central

Family appealing for information after English backpacker goes missing in Auckland central

A British woman travelling in New Zealand is being sought by authorities after disappearing from a hostel nearly a week ago.

Police say there's no evidence of foul play at this stage in the disappearance of a 22-year-old English backpacker Grace Millane.

She was due to stay at the hostel until 8 December before travelling to a different part of the country, but has not been seen at the hostel in days.

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

In the past 24 hours, police have been piecing together Grace's last known movements, who she has associated with and the circumstances of her disappearance.

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". "Please share and contact if you have any information regarding her whereabouts".

Police gave out a description of the young woman, as well as details about the last confirmed sighting of her.

"It was what she wanted - she wanted to see the world", Michael said.

Grace Millane hasn't been in contact with her family for six days.

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

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She was last seen wearing a black dress with what is believed to be white Converse sneakers.

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

"Where she was standing, it was really freakish and she was by herself, nobody around just a girl on her own", she said.

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

"We've spoken to a number of people at the backpackers because she was in a room that at least four people were staying in". She's approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height, and 58kg.

She was just sight-seeing and travelling around New Zealand.

The family put the call out there because they were anxious for her safety and wanted "to make sure she's alright". He said they were waiting for the British banks to update them on when Grace Millane's credit cards were last used.

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

Tony McLeod, consular manager at the British High Commission in Wellington, said the commission were providing consular assistance to the family back in the UK.

The Foreign Office said it was providing support to Auckland police.

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