Grace Millane: police search for British backpacker missing in New Zealand

Desperate search for missing tourist after 'constant contact' with family stops

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

Tony McLeod, British High Commission Wellington consular manager, said the commission was aware of the missing person report. We all feel a bit helpless from over here.

Michael added: "it was her birthday on Sunday and when she didn't make any contact with us by Monday, we knew something was wrong".

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

On Thursday, they released a CCTV image of the backpacker at Sky City, in Auckland's CBD, at around 7.15pm.

She has brown hair and brown eyes and is approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height, and 58 kg.

A number of unconfirmed sightings have been reported to the force. Others have her in a black dress and white shoes.

On Wednesday, police received a missing person's report regarding the English national, who is now visiting New Zealand on holiday.

An Auckland woman believes she saw missing woman near the Southern Motorway in Manukau.

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

The radio silence was "unusual" for Grace, Declan Millane said.

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'It was what she wanted - she wanted to see the world, ' Mr Millane said.

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

Beard said Grace had not been in contact with her family for a number of days.

Before heading to New Zealand, she was in an organised group heading through South America for six weeks.

It was her first time travelling solo.

Millane had reportedly been staying at Base Backpackers in Auckland.

"She hasn't really replied to any messages between the family and it was her birthday on Sunday and she didn't respond to any messages".

Ms Millane's father, David Millane, 60, a millionaire property developer, is in the process of flying to New Zealand to help with the search.

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

Base Backpackers declined to comment.

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