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

Grace Millane 22 who is missing in New Zealand

Grace Millane 22 who is missing in New Zealand

There is "no evidence of foul play" in the case of a British backpacker who has gone missing in Auckland, police say.

Grace Millane, 22, was last seen in the center of the city of Auckland, a major city on New Zealand's North Island, around 7 pm on Saturday.

She has not returned to her Auckland hostel in several days.

Her family, from Wickford, near Basildon, said they spoke to her "most days", describing her silence as "completely out of character".

"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".

Relatives have shared appeals for information on Facebook, and DI Beard said more than 20 investigators were combing through CCTV footage to track Ms Millane's last movements after a number of unconfirmed sightings had been reported.

Michael added: "It was what she wanted - she wanted to see the world".

"It's important that anyone who recognises Grace from this photo or saw her on Saturday night contacts Police immediately". She had been staying at a backpacker hostel and left some of her belongings there.

Various sightings have her wearing either black top, blues jeans and red sneakers, or a black dress with white shoes.

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

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

Michael said the family are finding the uncertainty extremely hard.

However she was travelling alone when she came to New Zealand about two weeks ago. She's approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height, and 58kg. She had recently changed her plans and booked to stay until December 8. He said they were waiting for the British banks to update them on when Grace Millane's credit cards were last used.

Base Backpackers declined to comment to the Herald on Wednesday.

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