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Dec 7, 2018

Watch Live: 'Grace is no longer alive and this is a murder investigation'

Police have released new pictures in the case of missing British backpacker Grace Millane, seeking her belongings.

Police said several of her belongings, including her passport, are missing and they believed the items were with Ms Millane, who was last seen last Saturday.

Police have also released photos of a silver necklace with a round green stone and pale pink Casio Baby-G watch belonging to Ms Millane.

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

Detectives are continuing to view hundreds of hours of CCTV footage, while they continue to examine the CityLife Hotel in central Auckland, where she was last seen entering with a man on Saturday night.

Police said at this point there were no further confirmed sightings of Ms Millane.

Police told media yesterday they hold "grave concerns for her safety".

Her father, David Millane, has travelled to New Zealand and held an emotional press conference yesterday.

Two police patrol cars were this afternoon parked outside the hotel on Durham St in central Auckland and an officer was seen entering the building.

Anyone with information about the missing items can contact police on 0800 676 255.

Ms Millane's father arrived in Auckland yesterday to help police in the search operation.

Mr Millane struggled to hold in his emotions as he told media of his worry for his daughter.

"As a family we've been extremely concerned for her welfare.

"Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun loving, family orientated daughter. She's usually in daily contact with family on social media," he said.

Ms Millane has brown hair and brown eyes and is approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height, and 58kg.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen her or who knows where she is to get in touch.
'Out of character'

Ms Millane left the UK six weeks ago to travel the world after finishing university.

More than 25 Police staff are now working on the investigation into the disappearance.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard told media on Thursday the lack of contact was out of character for Ms Millane, especially as it was her birthday last Sunday.

"The longer this goes on, the more concerning it is. We don't have any evidence of foul play but we're keeping an open mind," Mr Beard said.

"She had spent some time in the Bay of Islands, she's doing her OE so she's going to go to the tourist destinations and she's done that," Mr Beard said.

"We believe she's booked further travel in New Zealand in the upcoming days. The concern is that the family have not heard from her and when her 22nd birthday was on 2 December, that's when you'd expect to hear or for them to contact her so that's why there's concern.

"There's been nothing [communication since last Saturday] between her and her family."

He said Ms Millane had a number of phones on her while in New Zealand.

"We have a couple of phones from the backpackers but we believe she may have another one or two so we're keeping an open mind," he said.

Her brother, Michael Millane, said the family began getting worried on Monday when she didn't reply to messages.

"We sort of noticed Gracie hadn't really texted back or hadn't read anything, which was obviously really strange because it was her birthday," he said.

"We thought maybe it's just the time zone, sort of catching up, but we looked into it and realised her messages hadn't been read or delivered."
 

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