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New statement: Grace Millane's family thank Auckland Police for their efforts, make new appeal

The family of missing British tourist Grace Millane has released a statement thanking the Auckland Police for their efforts so far, while urging those with any information on Grace's whereabouts, to contact a designated help line or police. 

"Grace is a fun loving, outgoing and family-orientated person.

"Grace has never been out of contact with her family or friends for this length of time. As a family, this is an extremely difficult and emiitonal time for us all.

"We would like to thank the Auckland police, who have been outstanding in their support and efforts in helping to find Grace," the family's statement said.

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

"We would like to ask that if anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Grace, or may have seen her over the last week, then please contact the Auckland Investigation team on 0800 676 255."

"Alternatively, please call the Lucie Blackman Trust on 44 (0) 1983 718802."

Grace, 22, was last seen on CCTV footage at 9.41pm last Saturday, on the eve of her 22nd birthday outside Queen Street's City Life Hotel with a man.

Police have questioned the man and have been undertaking a full scale scene examination of a room in the City Life Hotel.

Auckland Police Detective Inspector Scott Beard addressed the media this afternoon.
Source: 1 NEWS

Police yesterday described the investigation as "progressing rapidly" and said the man was "a person of interest".

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which supports Brits missing abroad, has also been helping Grace's family throughout. 

Chief Executive of the Lucie Blackman Trust Matthew Searle also voiced how impressed he was with the Auckland Police.

A missing poster for missing British woman Grace Millane. Source: 1 NEWS

"We are confident that DI Beard and his team are carrying out a most comprehensive investigation and hope this leads to answers for the family soon."

He also thanked the online supporters of the Trust whose retweeting is a "crucial' part of the appeal.

The Lucie Blackman Trust offices will be manned 24 hours over the weekend for anyone who has information that might assist in the investigation, they said. The Trust is in direct contact with Auckland Police. 

Grace Millane turned 22 on Sunday, but hasn’t been seen since the night before.
Source: 1 NEWS