WELINGTON, New Zealand – The New Zealand police searched Thursday for a 22-year-old British tourist who had been missing for five days and was unable to contact his parents for his birthday.
Grace Millane was last seen Saturday night in downtown Auckland. She had been in a backpacker hostel and had left some of her belongings there. His birthday was Sunday and the police said it was unusual for her not to contact her family then.
Investigative inspector Scott Beard told reporters that the survey focuses on video surveillance cameras around the city. He urged anyone who saw Millane or knew her to contact the police.
"The police investigation today has focused on its movements and activities in Auckland since it arrived in New Zealand," Beard said. "Much of this focus has been around the CCTV footage around Auckland."
Police released a blurry image of Millane taken by a surveillance camera in which he wears a black suit and white sneakers.
"The longer it goes on, more about what it is," Beard said. "At the moment, we have no evidence of dirty play, but we are keeping an open mind."
Beard said that Millane's father was going to New Zealand.
Millane's brother, Michael Millane, has issued an appeal asking for help on Facebook. He said they had been in contact with the British High Commission in Wellington.
"Grace has been missing for five days," he wrote. "She has not returned to her hostel room in Auckland, New Zealand, and family members have not been in touch since Saturday, December 1st."
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