Anxious father of missing British backpacker on his way to New Zealand

Grace Millane with brothers Declan and Michael

Detectives are investigating the disappearance of 22-year-old Grace Millane, who was last seen in Auckland on Saturday night.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard, of Auckland City Police, said Ms Millane's father was on his way to New Zealand, and said her family were understandably "distraught".

Police would not comment on her bank account or cellphone activity.

A missing persons report was filed on Wednesday and "initial investigations are underway", New Zealand Police told Yahoo7.

Grace Millane, 22, from Wickford, travelled to Auckland two weeks ago but alarms bells rang when she failed to respond to birthday well-wishes on Sunday.

The family have posted a plea on Facebook in the hope other travellers in New Zealand can help in the search.

"There's been nothing (communication since Saturday) between her and her family, no", Mr Beard said.

There is "no evidence of foul play" in the case of a British backpacker who has gone missing in Auckland, police say.

He said Grace is approximately five foot six inches and 58kg with brown hair and brown eyes.

She had travelled to the Bay of Islands on a trip, then arrived in Auckland on Friday.

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The witness said the young woman, who she believes to have been Millane, did not have her arm out with her thumb stuck up in the air like a hitchhiker.

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

Her brother Michael said: "It was what she wanted - she wanted to see the world".

Earlier today, her brother expressed the family's concern for Grace.

"I'm sure he'll want to know, first hand, what the police are doing to try to find his daughter", Beard said.

'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, ' he said. It has been shared thousands of times around the country.

Various sightings have her wearing either black top, blues jeans and red sneakers, or a black dress with white shoes.

Grace Millane, who is from Essex, has been reported missing by her family, who say they have not heard from her in almost a week.

"This is particularly out of character, especially as it was her 22nd birthday on Sunday".

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