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

Police pic

Police pic

"I looked at the photo [of Millane] and I was quite adamant I had seen that girl", she said.

Grace Millane (pictured) has been missing for five days according to her brother.

Millane's family sparked the investigation into her disappearance yesterday after they became alarmed when she didn't respond to birthday messages on Sunday.

Grace Millane turned 22 on Sunday but has failed to reply to her family's birthday messages and has not returned to her Auckland hostel.

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

Brother Michael Millane, 29, said the family are now anxious and her disappearance is "totally unlike her".

Her brother Michael said she had been travelling with a group in South America for six weeks, but headed to New Zealand alone about two weeks ago.

"Being out of contact with family for this long is especially out of character for her".

Her phone goes straight to voicemail and she has not put anything on social media.

Grace Millane who turned 22 on Sunday arrived in Auckland two weeks ago
Image Ms Millane who turned 22 on Sunday arrived in the city two weeks ago

The family have posted a plea on Facebook in the hope other travellers in New Zealand can help in the search.

The radio silence was "unusual" for Grace, Declan Millane said. It has been shared thousands of times around the country.

She picked New Zealand, because "she wanted to travel the world", Mr Millane said.

"Initial inquiries are underway at this stage", a police spokesman said.

Base Backpackers is located on Queen St in Auckland's CBD.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: 'We are in contact with New Zealand police and providing consular support after a British woman was reported missing in Auckland'.

'We are unable to make further comment while police are investigating the matter'.

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

Base Backpackers were approached by Stuffon Wednesday but declined to comment.

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