SEREMBAN: The police questioned at least 20 people as part of the search and rescue (SAR) mission for an Irish teenager who disappeared from a holiday resort this week. More than 200 searchers, dogs and two drones were also involved to search for the missing teenager in the surrounding thickly-forested area.
The Irish teenager named Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, was reported missing on Sunday, a day after her family arrived at the Dusun resort in Seremban.
Quoirin’s family and resort staff were interviewed by the police and swept the hotel room where she was last seen for fingerprints, Negri Sembilan deputy police chief SAC Che Zakaria Othman said.
“Our forensics team has gone through the entire building, and the investigation process is still ongoing,“ added Che Zakaria.
Two droned were deployed by the authorities for an aerial search over an area of 6km² around the resort, perched on the edge of a sprawling forest reserve.
Police also said that there are more than 200 people scouring the area, assisted by canine units, with a checkpoint set up on the road to the resort.
Police are still treating the disappearance as a missing persons case, but did not rule out the possibility that she may have been kidnapped, according to Che Zakaria.
The family believes she was abducted and even questioned Malaysian authorities’ refusal to redesignate her case. According to Che Zakaria, officials still believed she was somewhere in the area around the resort with no evidence of the contrary. Quoirin, who has a learning disability, could not have gone far. “We still have hope of finding her,” he added.