BRITISH backpacker Grace Milane has vanished while traveling on her gap year in New Zealand, sparking a major police search.
Grace, 22, was staying at Base Backpackers in Auckland but has not contacted her family since Thursday.
She was last seen or heard from by her roommates on Saturday.
The traveller previously kept in daily contact with her family, who are from Billericay, Essex.
She has also not been not been active on social media despite it being her birthday on Sunday.
Police have now launched a major search as Grace’s family issued a plea for information.
Brother Michael Millane, 29, said the family are now worried and her disappearance is “totally unlike her”.
He revealed she had been in South America six sex week ago, before going to New Zealand two weeks ago.
“We last had contact with her on Thursday, but it had been daily before that,” he said.
“The last contact anyone else had with her was on Saturday, when her roommates asked what she was doing with her day.”
Grace’s family alerted police to her disappearance on Wednesday, and say the Foreign Office is liaising with police in New Zealand.
CCTV and social media is being combed for clues as to her whereabouts.
She always kept her family up to date on her whereabouts using WhatsApp.
Family said “alarm bells rang” when she failed to get in touch with them after received birthday wishes.
Michael added: “it was her birthday on Sunday and when she didn’t make any contact with us by Monday, we knew something was wrong.
“She hadn’t liked any of the comments wishing her a happy birthday on Facebook or anything.
“It was my birthday yesterday and we still hadn’t heard anything, which rang alarm bells.
“It’s unusual for her not to chat so we’re really worried – this is totally unlike her.”
Her phone is going straight to voice mail and has been silent on social media, Michael revealed.
British High Commission Wellington consular manager Tony McLeod said the commission was aware of reports of a missing British national.
He said: “We are working with the family in the UK and New Zealand Police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand.
“We are unable to make further comment while police are investigating the matter.”