Grace Millane came to New Zealand because, like so many young people, she wanted to see the world.
Now Almost seven days after being seen last night with a man in a downtown Auckland hotel, they say they have "serious fears" about their safety and are looking for clues in a hotel room.
Her distraught father – who flew to Auckland yesterday morning – he shed tears when he asked anyone who had information to introduce himself.
More than two dozen police investigate the 22-year-old's disappearance since she was reported missing four days ago The man's interview with Millane when she was last seen is now included.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard told the media yesterday that the sighting took place on December 1
"At the moment we have spoken to one person, and we still have no evidence of a wrong game."
He would not rely on the question of whether Millane knew the man prior to their meeting at CityLife and described the man as an "interested person" in response to questions.
An apartment in the hotel is also treated as a landmark, he said.
Yesterday, a scene review took place, and a reporter outside the hotel saw two police cars outside, a policeman in the lobby and a black helicopter floating yesterday afternoon.
The hotel manager, another employee and resident the Weekend Herald had spoken to, said they knew nothing.
Beard said yesterday that he understood that there were "many questions". about what the police did at the CityLife Hotel, but due to the ongoing investigation, he could not say more immediately.
He could not speculate if Millane had left the hotel if she had seen CCTV, but the footage would continue to be investigated this weekend. CCTV footage also showed how she had left Andy's Burgers & Bar on the same level of Sky City on the same day at 19:15.
After hearing about her disappearance, Andy's Burgers employees posted the news in an online chat. Check if anyone remembered who saw them – in vain.
The police have previously refused to comment on Millane's bank account or mobile phone activity.
But Beard said the investigation into the disappearance of the young woman is progressing rapidly. It is believed that she had two cell phones, one English and one New Zealand cellphone, but Beard said there might be more.
"As part of our investigation, we've been reviewing hours and hours of CCTV footage, and this will continue throughout the weekend."
Millane was a very popular daughter, sister and girlfriend, he said.
"It has been six days since Grace was last seen, and at this point we have serious fears for her safety."
The Essex advertising and marketing graduate was the subject of a desperate social media campaign by worried friends and family members, as her daily contact with the family was interrupted on Sunday before her 22nd birthday on Sunday. This culminated in her father David Millane, a millionaire real estate developer who flew 18,000 km to be in the city where his daughter was last seen.
Close to tears, he told media in Auckland yesterday that he should speak up for anyone who contacted the police – no detail was too small. he said.
"Grace is a nice, open-minded, fun-loving, family-oriented daughter, Grace has never been without contact for that time and is usually in daily contact with her mother, me or her two brothers … we are all very upset and it is very hard to describe the range of emotions we all go through. "
His once brutal voice, the 60-year-old also spoke about the planned, year-long solo" Worldwide Overseas Experience "that started his daughter six weeks ago in South America – And much to her excitement – in New Zealand.
The talented artist – Millane had exhibited at the London Mall Student Exhibition and sold a series of paintings to fund her adventures – traveled to the upper North Island upon her arrival including Cape Reinga in New Zealand.
Back in Auckland, she was booked into Base Backpackers, where her belongings were destroyed after her disappearance remained inden.
This second leg of their journey, in a country so familiar and yet so far away from their own, has been much anticipated.
"[She] was really looking forward to the second leg in New Zealand," her dad said, his voice choking with emotion.
"She arrived here on November 20 and bombarded us with numerous bombshells photographs and messages of her adventures."
• Anyone with information on the disappearance of Grace Millane can call 0800 676 255 contact the police.