Missing British backpacker Grace Millane's passport not found at Auckland hostel

STUFFDavid Millane, the father of missing backpacker Grace Millane, says his daughter has “never been out of contact for this amount of time”.

Items, including her passport, are missing from the hostel she was staying at and detectives believe it is likely she has those items with her.

Millane, who is from Essex in the United Kingdom, was also wearing a pale pink Casio Baby-G watch and a necklace, which is silver and round with a green stone in the middle of it when she was last seen, he said. 

Grace Millane's family say they are staying positive and hope she returns home soon.
SUPPLIEDGrace Millane’s family say they are staying positive and hope she returns home soon.

“Police would like to hear from anyone who has seen any items matching this description over the past week.”

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The news comes as her family say they are “staying very positive” as the search for her continues. 

In a statement released on Saturday morning (New Zealand time), they said it had been “an extremely difficult and emotional time for us all”. 

Police have released photographs of a necklace and a watch missing from the belongings Grace Millane left at the hostel where she was staying.
Auckland City PolicePolice have released photographs of a necklace and a watch missing from the belongings Grace Millane left at the hostel where she was staying.

Millane, 22, was last seen in central Auckland on December 1 and was reported missing on Wednesday. 

Her father David Millane fronted a press conference at Auckland Central Police Station on Friday after flying to New Zealand from his home town of Essex in the United Kingdom.

A tearful Millane appealed to the public to come forward with any information, “no matter how small”. 

“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.

STUFFGrace Millane has been missing since December 1

On Friday, Beard said the investigation into Millane’s disappearance was “progressing rapidly”.

“At this point we hold grave fears for her safety.”

The last confirmed sighting of Grace Millane was at 9.41pm Saturday at the CityLife Hotel in Queen St.

She was wearing a black dress and white shoes. 

Beard said Millane was with a “male companion” at the hotel, who had been identified by police and spoken to.

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

The man, who lives in New Zealand, remained a person of interest, Beard said. 

Officers had also identified a “location of interest” – an apartment at the CityLife Hotel, which was being searched.

Police were continuing to view “hundreds” of hours of CCTV footage, and the scene examination of the CityLife hotel was still underway, police said on Saturday afternoon. 

Dozens of calls had been made to the 0800 investigation helpline number, and that information continued to be reviewed and assessed, Beard said. 

Much of the contact was from members of the public offering accommodation and assistance to the Millane family. 

Police inquiries have not led to any further confirmed sightings at this stage, he said. 

In the statement issued on Saturday, Millane’s family praised Auckland police “who have been outstanding in their support and efforts in helping to find Grace”. 

Grace Millane was on a year-long OE after graduating from the University of Lincoln in September.

Police say Grace Millane was last spotted entering CityLife hotel in Auckland's CBD with a man on Saturday.
AMANDA SAXTON/STUFFPolice say Grace Millane was last spotted entering CityLife hotel in Auckland’s CBD with a man on Saturday.

The advertising graduate and keen artist arrived in New Zealand on November 20, after travelling through South America.

Photos on her Instagram showed she travelled to Cape Reinga with friends before returning to Auckland. 

This was her first time travelling abroad alone. 

Described as “fun loving, outgoing and [a] family-orientated person”, Millane was never out of contact with family and friends for this long, her family said. 

The Millane family are working with the Lucie Blackman Trust in the UK, which helps British nationals in crisis overseas. 

Grace Millane was captured on CCTV footage at Sky City in Auckland on December 1, wearing a black dress and white shoes
NZ POLICEGrace Millane was captured on CCTV footage at Sky City in Auckland on December 1, wearing a black dress and white shoes

Chief executive of the trust, Matthew Searle, said there had been a “phenomenal” response to its social media appeal, but urged people to keep sharing and retweeting.

Searle said they were “very pleased to see the level of resources deployed by New Zealand police” and hoped to see this continue. 

“Our offices remain manned 24 hours over the weekend and if anyone has any information that might assist in the investigation please get in touch with us or New Zealand police directly.” 

Grace Millane is described as a European woman with brown hair and brown eyes.

She is about 168cm in height, and 58kg. 

If you see Millane or have information that could assist police contact the dedicated 0800 number – 0800 676 255.

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