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Asia-Pacific

Malaysia maintains search for missing Franco-Irish teen

media 15-year-old Nora Quoirin went missing on Sunday 4th August, 2019 during a family holiday to Malaysia. QUOIRIN FAMILY HANDOUT

Six days after Nora Quoirin disappeared in a rain forest in Seremban, the hunt for the schoolgirl continues.

On Thursday, tribespeople specialised in tracking also joined the hundreds-strong search team as they trekked through the jungle shouting the name of Nora Quoirin who went missing Sunday while on a family holiday.

The 15-year-old who has learning difficulties disappeared from her room the day after checking in to the resort with her London-based family. They believe she was abducted, but police have classified it as a missing person case.

The search team used megaphones blaring a recording of the girl's mother calling her name in the hope that a familiar voice might draw out the timid youngster if she is in the jungle.

"This morning when we went out, we played the recording using loudhailers," Mohamad Mat Yusop, police chief of southern Negeri Sembilan state, told reporters.

Thermal imagining

Voices of other family members had also been recorded and would be used, he said. Police say they believe the girl is still in the area of jungle where the search is focused.

A helicopter with thermal imaging equipment is being deployed, joining the 267 people, divers, drones and sniffer dogs already involved in the search.

 

The daughter of a Franco-Irish couple went missing from the five-hectare Dusun Resort, about an hour outside Kuala Lumpur and in the foothills of a mountain range and next to a forest reserve.

Her family say it would be extremely unusual for the reserved youngster to have wandered off on her own. While officially treating it as a missing person case, police say they have not ruled out any other possibilities.

Very vulnerable

They have questioned around 20 people and are examining fingerprints found on a window pane in her bedroom.

Her family made an emotional appeal late Wednesday for support for the search.

"We ask everyone to keep Nora in their thoughts, and to continue to support the ongoing search for her," said her aunt Eadaoin Agnew, in a video released by the Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that supports the families of British people missing abroad.

"Nora is still missing, and she is very vulnerable, and we need to do everything we can to bring her home."

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