A British millionaire broke down in tears today as he begged for help finding his backpacker daughter after she vanished in New Zealand.
Grace Millane, 22, from Essex, has not been heard from since December 1 after arriving in Auckland less than two weeks earlier as part of a round-the-world trip.
Police have now revealed she was last seen with a man at a four-star hotel before she disappeared. Detectives say they have ‘grave fears’ over Miss Millane’s safety.
Her father David Millane, a 60-year-old property developer, fought back tears as he urged anyone who has any information about his ‘outgoing, fun-loving’ daughter to come forward.
‘We last had contact with her on Saturday the 1st of December and as a family we’ve been extremely concerned for her welfare,’ said Mr Millane, who arrived in New Zealand on Friday morning.
‘Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving and family orientated daughter.’
He tearfully explained that his daughter has never been out of contact with her family for such a long period of time, usually contacting them on social media.
‘She arrived here on the 20th of November and has been bombarding us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures,’ Mr Millane said.
‘We’re all extremely upset and it’s very difficult at this time to describe the range of emotions we are going through.’
‘Finally I would 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.’
Detective Inspector Scott Beard said the last known sighting of Grace was at 9.41pm on Saturday December 1 at the City Life Hotel with a male companion.
Grace was said to have been in regular contact with her family until she went missing on Saturday night