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British millionaire breaks down as he begs for help finding daughter in New Zealand

The worried father of a British backpacker missing in New Zealand has made an emotional appeal for information.

David Millane said his family was ‘extremely concerned’ for the welfare of his ‘fun-loving’ daughter Grace, who turned 22 on Sunday.

This morning Auckland Police revealed she was last seen at a hotel with a ‘male companion.’

Grace had been keeping her family up to date with her trip (Picture: Facebook)

The tourist, from Essex, was on a year-long round-the-world trip and arrived in New Zealand two weeks ago.

Her father said she had been ‘bombarding’ her loved ones with messages and pictures from her adventure.

During an emotional press conference, David said: ‘As a family we have been extremely concerned for her welfare.

‘Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter.

‘Grace has never been out of contact for this amount of time.

Grace Millane was last seen at 9.41pm entering a hotel in Auckland, New Zealand (Picture: Auckland City Police)
Police have said they have ‘grave fears’ for Grace’s safety

‘She’s usually in daily contact with either her mother, myself, her two brothers or members of the family on social media.’

Police said the last sighting of her was at the CityLife hotel on Queen St, Auckland at 9.41pm on Saturday December 1.

She went in with a ‘male companion’ who has been identified and spoken to.

Officers said they do not know if she left an apartment in the hotel, which has been examined.

DI Scott Beard said: ‘At present we have spoken to a person and we still have no evidence of foul play.

CCTV footage of Grace on the night she disappeared (Picture: Auckland City Police)
Grace was last seen at the CityLife hotel on Queen Street, Auckland on Saturday December 1 (Picture: Getty)

He added: ‘It has now been six days since Grace was last seen.

‘At this point, we hold grave fears for her safety.’

Mr Millane arrived in New Zealand on Friday morning and said it was unusual for his daughter to be out of contact.

He said she started her gap year in Peru and arrived for the second leg in New Zealand on November 20.

He added: ‘She has been bombarding us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures.

David Millane, Grace’s father has made a tearful appeal for help in finding his ‘lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated’ daughter (Picture: AP)
DI Scott Beard said there was no evidence of foul play but police are extremely concerned (Picture: Getty)

‘We are extremely upset and it’s very difficult at this time to fully describe the range of emotions we are going through.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to anybody who has seen, spoken to, come into contact with Grace over the last few days and come forward with any detail, no matter how small.’

Her last Twitter post appears to be on November 30, the day before she was last seen.

Police said more than 25 staff were working on the case and were trawling through hours of CCTV footage to trace her movements.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: ‘We are providing consular support to the family in the UK, and working with the New Zealand Police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand.’

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