Fears grow for young British woman missing in New Zealand

LAST MOVEMENTS The backpacker was captured on CCTV

LAST MOVEMENTS The backpacker was captured on CCTV

Her family, from Wickford, near Basildon, said they spoke to her "most days", describing her silence as "completely out of character". "At this stage we're still hopeful that we'll find Grace".

Her family in the United Kingdom raised the alarm on Monday and Detective Inspector Scott Beard said her disappearance was "out of character".

"She has not returned to her hostel room in Auckland New Zealand and family members have had no contact since Saturday 1st December".

Her brother was not sure of her travel plans in New Zealand, but he knew she had a flexible itinerary booked to travel around most of the country.

Ms Millane left the United Kingdom six weeks ago to travel the world after finishing university. The last contact she had was with her roommate on Saturday morning, ' he said.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard this afternoon said her disappearance was "out of character", after her family in the United Kingdom raised the alarm on Monday.

She could not remember if the young woman had bags with her or not or whether she saw the woman standing by the road on Friday or Monday afternoon. They're on the other side of the world and they haven't heard from her, ' he said.

'Grace has been missing for five days.

Her older brother Michael Millane told United Kingdom news website Echo that the family are finding the uncertainty extremely hard.

Another brother urged people to share the post, adding: "We haven't heard from my sister since Saturday".

"We are working with the family in the United Kingdom and New Zealand police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand".

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

Her family became concerned when she did not respond to birthday messages on Sunday, New Zealand Herald reported.

CCTV and social media is being combed for clues as to her whereabouts.

Grace graduated from the University of Lincoln in September after studying advertising and marketing.

He is due to arrive in New Zealand from England tomorrow to help search efforts.

She also made money selling paintings which she exhibits on her own website.