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Full statement: Read Grace Millane's father's emotional plea for help locating his 'family-orientated' daughter

The father of missing English tourist Grace Millane has made an emotional plea to the New Zealand public to help find his young daughter, after arriving in the country today.

Grace, 22, was last seen on Saturday at Queen St's City Life Hotel in Auckland's CBD.

Speaking at a press conference flanked by police today, her father David Millane spoke out in the hopes someone with information, or his daughter, would come forward.

Below is his full statement:

"As you all know, Grace has been missing for several days.

"We last had contact with Grace on Saturday the first of December and as a family we have been extremely concerned for her welfare.
Grace is a lovely, outgoing, fun-loving, family-orientated daughter.

"Grace has never been out of contact for this amount of time and is usually in daily contact with either her mother, myself or her two brothers.

"Grace is on a year-long worldwide overseas experience.

"Grace started this travel journey in Peru in South America and was really looking forward to the second leg in New Zealand.

"She arrived here on the 20th of November and has bombarded us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures.

"We are all extremely upset and it is very difficult at this time to fully describe the range of emotions we are all going through.

"While we are very grateful for the media coverage both here and back home, we are finding this situation quite upsetting and would sincerely hope that media continue to respect our privacy.

"Finally, 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," his statement concluded.

Missing British backpacker Grace Millane was last seen on Victoria Street at around 7.15pm Saturday. Source: New Zealand Police

The investigation into Grace Millane's disappearance

Auckland detective Scott Beard also gave an update on the case this afternoon.

"We reviewed hours of CCTV footage, the last known sighting of Grace was at 9.41pm Saturday 1st December at Auckland's City Life Hotel with a male companion," Mr Beard said.

Police have identified the man and he has been spoken to as a "person of interest".

Grace Millane
Grace Millane Source: Supplied

Police are at an apartment in the City Life Hotel Queen St conducting a scene examination.

They have not yet confirmed whether Grace left the City Life Hotel and this is part of the ongoing investigation, police say.

Police this morning said a team of 25 officers have been assigned to the case and they continue to scour through CCTV footage from around Auckland.

Police said members of the public have provided numerous tips and pieces of information, and these are being reviewed and assessed.

Anyone with information can report it to the investigation team on 09 302 6970.
 

Grace, 22, was last seen on Saturday on Victoria Street in Auckland's CBD. Source: 1 NEWS