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Grace Millane: police search for British backpacker missing in New Zealand

A British backpacker who was staying in an Auckland hostel has been missing for five days.

The backpacker, from Wickford near Basildon in Essex, has not been in contact with her family for several days, including on her 22nd birthday on Sunday.

They became anxious when she failed to contact them on her birthday...

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

Speaking with the Echo, her brother Michael said: "We last spoke to her on Thursday morning and from there, we hadn't heard from her. Please share and contact if you have any information regarding her whereabouts".

He urged anyone who has seen Millane or knows her to contact police.

"At the time of the last confirmed sighting, she was wearing a black dress with white Converse shoes".

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

DI Beard said the Briton's relatives were understandably "distraught" and her father was on his way to New Zealand. He said they were waiting for the British banks to update them on when Grace Millane's credit cards were last used.

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Her older brother said it was completely out of character for her not to be in contact with her family.

The investigation so far had concentrated around Millane's movements since she arrived in New Zealand, he said.

Grace Millane had been in New Zealand for about two weeks.

She has brown hair and brown eyes and is approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height, and 58 kg.

Base Backpackers declined to comment.

Tony McLeod, British High Commission Wellington consular manager, said the commission was aware of the missing person report.

Det Insp Scott Beard, of Auckland City Police, said more than 20 staff were working on the case.

On Wednesday, police received a missing person's report regarding the English national, who is now visiting New Zealand on holiday.

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