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Police appeal for sightings of missing woman Grace Millane + media advisory

Police appeal for sightings of missing woman Grace Millane + media advisory

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

Grace Millane was last seen on Saturday evening in central Auckland.

Grace is a 22-year-old European woman with brown hair and brown eyes.

But they became alarmed when she didn't respond to birthday messages on Sunday.

Officers have said they are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Grace Millane, who turned 22 on Sunday.

Grace Millane's other brother, Michael Millane, said she had travelled to South America with an organised group, before arriving in New Zealand two weeks ago.

Mr Millane said she had two mobile phones with her in New Zealand but calls go straight to voicemail, according to reports. "Please share and contact if you have any information regarding her whereabouts".

Grace's last confirmed sighting was at around 7.15pm on Saturday on Victoria Street in the Auckland CBD.

The young tourist had been staying at Base Backpackers on Auckland's Queen St.

CCTV footage shows Grace Millane at Sky City on December 1 wearing a black dress and white shoes
NZ POLICECCTV footage shows Grace Millane at Sky City on December 1 wearing a black dress and white shoes

Police released a blurry image of Millane taken from a surveillance camera in which she is wearing a black dress and white sneakers.

"The longer this goes on the more concerning it is".

"We are working closely with her family at this time and a number of Police staff are now working on this matter".

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.

Grace's father is due to arrive in New Zealand on Friday, reports Stuff.

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

He said: "We are working with the family in the United Kingdom and New Zealand Police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand".

Base Backpackers declined to comment to the Herald on Wednesday.

Beard said police have more than 20 staff working on the case and have been reviewing hours of surveillance camera footage from around the city, which has proved crucial in tracking Millane's movements.