Father's emotional plea as police have 'grave fears' for backpacker

Marsha Scott
December 8, 2018

This morning police released photos of a necklace and pink Casio Baby-G watch Millane was thought to be wearing when she disappeared, and said her passport was also missing.

"He was brought back to the Auckland Central Police Station and is now speaking to us in relation to the murder of Grace Millane".

In a tearful press conference on Friday, Miss Millane's father, who has travelled to Auckland to help with investigations, said his family are "extremely concerned" for her welfare.

Detectives said yesterday they were continuing to view hundreds of hours of CCTV footage, while they continue to examine the CityLife Hotel in central Auckland, where she was last seen entering with a man on Saturday night.

Her brother, Michael Millane, said the family began getting anxious on Monday when she did not reply to messages.

"Grace's family have been advised of this development and they are devastated."

"Everyone who is a parent out there will understand and appreciate what the family is going through".

New Zealand police confirmed they are now treating British backpacker Grace Millane's (pictured) disappearance as a homicide.

'Several of her belongings, including her passport, are missing and police believe it is likely Grace has these items with her'.

Ms Millane was last seen at CityLife Hotel in Auckland at 9:41pm on December 1, accompanied by the 26-year-old man.

"We still don't know where Grace is", Beard said, who added police have identified a vehicle of interest today.

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Det Insp Beard confirmed that the man being questioned by police on Saturday was the same individual.

Millane graduated from the University of Lincoln in September before beginning her trip.

"We still do not know where Grace is", Detective Inspector Beard said.

Asked if they had met on the Tinder dating app, the detective said: "I'm not going to speculate on how they met".

"The issue here is Grace is still missing and we want to find her".

Millane called his daughter a "fun-loving, family-oriented daughter" and urged anyone with information to contact police.

Before she vanished, she was staying at the Base Backpackers hostel in Auckland.

Grace last made contact with her family last Saturday, December 1.

"There's family back in the United Kingdom and our hearts go out to them as well".

"I would just like to take this opportunity to appeal to anybody who has seen, spoken to, or come into contact with Grace over the last few days, to come forward with any detail, no matter how small, and contact the investigation team", he said.

They revealed yesterday that their investigations included questioning the man who was with Millane when she was last seen.

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