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

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

Police searching for a British backpacker missing in New Zealand say concerns are growing for her safety.

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The radio silence was "unusual" for Grace, Declan Millane said. Others have her in a black dress and white shoes.

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

She had travelled to the Bay of Islands on a trip, then arrived in Auckland on Friday.

CCTV footage has been crucial so far in locating Grace's movements.

"It's important that anyone who recognises Grace from this photo or saw her on Saturday night contacts Police immediately on 09 302 6970".

During that time she had been in touch with her family daily through WhatsApp.

"The longer this goes on the more concerning it is", Beard said. "At this stage we're still hopeful that we'll find Grace".

"My father is flying out to New Zealand this afternoon to help with the search".

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Her brother was not sure of her travel plans in New Zealand, but he knew she had a flexible itinerary booked to travel around most of the country.

It was her first time travelling solo.

The witness, who asked not to be named, told the New Zealand Herald she believed she saw her standing by the Manukau on-ramp. She had been staying at a backpacker hostel and left some of her belongings there.

Grace is described as a European woman with brown hair and brown eyes.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said it is providing consular support to the family in the UK. The hostel said it was making "no comment" about the case.

Various sightings of Millane have her last wearing a black top, blue jeans and red sneakers.

Declan Millane said a few people had reached out to the family with potential sightings.

Beard said Grace had not been in contact with her family for a number of days. "This is particularly out of character, especially as it was her 22nd birthday on Sunday", said Detective Inspector Beard in a statement.

Members of Millane's family have made Facebook posts appealing for information.

Missing British backpacker Grace Millane was last seen on Victoria Street at around 7.15pm Saturday.